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Meet Richard Hite, Author of “In The Shadow of Salem”
October 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials were far reaching and included much of Essex County that includes Andover, where there were more accusations than any other town. Half of the people there was involved in the witchcraft trials in some way. In The Shadow of Salem addresses the Andover Witch Hunt.
Hite, a historian and archivist, tells for the first time the fascinating story of this long overlooked phase of the largest witch hunt in American history. Untangling a net of rivalries and ties between families and neighbors, the author explains the actions of the accusers, the reactions of the accused, and their ultimate fates. In the process, he shows how the Andover arrests prompted a large segment of the town’s population to openly oppose the entire witch hunt and how their actions played a crucial role in finally bringing the 1692 witchcraft crisis to a close
Hite is State Records Coordinator at the Rhode Island State Archives and Public Records Administration. Previously, he was Assistant State Archivist at the Ohio Historical Society. He has a B.A. in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Archival Management from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. in history from Kent State University. He has previously published two books – An Ordinary Soldier: Christopher Hite of Bedford, Pennsylvania and the Continental Army and Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends.