No, witch hunts weren’t all in Salem, and they didn’t oc­cur in the Dark Ages.

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Rickard L. Sjoberg

It’s not un­usual to hear the term “witch hunt” in pol­i­tics, but it has no greater devo­tee than Pres­i­dent Trump, who uses it when com­plain­ing about the Mueller investigation. How does this mod­ern mean­ing — which has to do with sup­pos­edly un­just ha­rass­ment of an in­di­vid­ual — map onto the his­tor­i­cal phe­nom­ena that the term de­rives from? Perhaps we do not do the orig­i­nal vic­tims of witch hunts jus­tice when we care­lessly com­pare con­tem­po­rary events to their ex­pe­ri­ences, which re­main clouded by myths. Here are five of the most com­mon.


Thanks to works like “Witch Hill (The Salem Mar­tyr),” an 1869 paint­ing by Thomas Sat­ter­white Noble, many Amer­i­cans may think that New Eng­land was home to most of his­tory’s witch tri­als. But Europe had many more.

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