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Episode 2: 974.45 – The Salem Witch Trials

In this episode of The Reference Desk, Hailee is bewitched with The Salem Witch Trials. 

Between February 1692 and May 1693, more than two hundred people were accused of witchcraft in Salem and surrounding towns. Thirty were found guilty, nineteen were executed by hanging, one other man was pressed to death, and at least five people died in jail. Also, two dogs were found guilty of witchcraft. Listen to find out more about this strange time in America’s history!


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