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Daily Video for June 10 – Bridget Bishop Hanged



On June 10, 1692, Bridget Bishop of Salem was hanged for “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries”.  She will be the first of 20 people (14 women, 5 men, and a young girl) executed during the Salem Witch Hysteria that lasted from 1692-1693.

While the true nature of the symptoms and causes of those claiming to be bewitched has been studied and up for debate for many years, this remains one of the hallmark examples of mass hysteria in Colonial America and the world and as such has become the subject of many media interpretations and intense speculation for over 300 years.

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Daily Video for June 5 – Lizzie Borden on Trial


The Trial of Lizzie Borden Begins

On June 5, 1893, the trial of Lizzie Borden, accused of killing her father and stepmother with an axe in their Fall River, Massachusetts home, begins.  The fifteen day trial, heavily covered in the nation’s newspapers at the time, becomes one of the earliest examples of a media frenzy over court proceedings in the United States.

While she will be acquitted by the jury on June 20 (after an hour and a half deliberation), Lizzie remains to this day the prime suspect in the still technically unsolved murder.

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – (5/22/20) Grimshawe House, 1906

Photo — “Gromshawe House, 1906”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

In another “then and now” photo, today we visit Salem Massachusetts and the Grimshawe House.  It’s seen better times, looking at the photo from today.  Next door is the Old Burying Point Cemetery, opened in 1637 and resting place of several Salem notables, including Witch Trial judge Bartholomew Gedney. [GOOGLE MAPS]

Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. “The Grimshawe House.” A pleasant street where the neighbors are quiet and have deep roots in the community. 6½ x 8½ inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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