Mather-Cheever Account of the Salem Witch Trials by Cotton, Cheever, Ezekiel, and Sewall, Samuel Mather - Research Article from Colonial America Reference Library

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  • Mather and Cheever supposedly provided a "report" on the Salem trials, yet Mather in particular was later faulted for fueling the witch-hunt mania. The account of the interrogation of Martin and Lacey is an example of how Mather and Cheever presented events from a biased point of view.
  • Susannah Martin was a sixty-seven-year-old widow who freely spoke her mind and denied all charges against her. Note that Mather and Cheever had already concluded Martin was a witch. They saw spectral (ghostly) evidence in her behavior: "The cast of Martin's eye struck people to the ground, whether they saw that cast or not." In other words, she had put a spell on the witnesses by giving them the "evil eye." Believers in the supernatural thought...

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