No Fairy Tale

An Interview with Stacy Schiff

The witchcraft hysteria that possessed Salem, Massachusetts, at the end of the 17th century destroyed dozens of lives and left a dark, lasting mark on American history. Here, best-selling historian and biographer Stacy Schiff uncovers the spiritual and psychological underpinnings of the trials and their aftermath.

Octavian Report: Do the Salem witch trials hold any relevance or lessons for our era, where people can instantly become subjects of digital witch hunts?

Stacy Schiff: The echoes seem to me urgent and disturbing. More than ever we have …

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