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Stop Mass Hysteria: Americas Insanity from the Salem Witch Trials to the Trump Witch Hunt by Michael SavageI normally love Dr Savages books and have read all of them but this one is just lazy writing. Not only does he come off hypocritical, but he doesnt even follow the thread of his own argument!
Dr S goes into the history of mass hysteria and provides examples of mindless groups acting on little evidence without thinking. Throughout the book, he often comes off hysterical himself resorting to name calling and generally trying rile the reader. I got the sense he might have been directing certain parts of the book to people not familiar with him or his show because he gives a rundown of his show and his history which regular listeners would already be familiar with. It seemed like he thought he might attract an apolitical or even liberal audience which he thought he might be able to reach. That idea was blown to hell when he went into a diatribe about liberalism being a mental disorder. I laughed to myself at his lack of self-control and thought about all the liberals putting the book down at that moment.
I share his politics for the most part, but his ego has gotten so out of control that he doesnt even bother to cite his book properly. Hes got a few pages of citations at the end that are nothing more than lists of web addresses. He doesnt even properly cite the books hes referenced. Instead he cut and pasted the Google books link without even bothering to include the book title. Thats just lazy writing and it speaks to his huge ego in thinking he can throw out facts and we will trust theyre accurate because Dr Savage said so.
I was so looking forward to this book but am really disappointed with it. Its filled with his usual name calling and insulting of libs which normally doesnt bother me because some of it seems to be true. Somehow when hes doing the same old anti-lib shtick in a book about mass hysteria, it rings hollow. Hes kind of the king of stirring people into a frenzy. Not to mention that he ignores facts that dont support his argument. At one point, he tries to make a case for pot being more dangerous and destructive than alcohol, claiming pot gives you a tolerance while alcohol doesnt. Uh huh. Then he goes into the long term effects of pot on the brain, making no mention of cirrhosis, liver disease, heart failure, and high blood pressure caused by alcohol. Nothing is cited in this section either. Pot more dangerous than alcohol? Or is because so many milennials smoke it and since they seem to be primarily drawn to liberal causes, we automatically have to hate it? Mothers Against Drunk Driving would probably prefer pot to alcohol. So would all the normal people who got DUIs or killed someone after getting too tipsy at the office Christmas party. For Dr S to admit the dangers of alcohol would force him to defend his own liberal (haha) use of wine with dinner. I dont drink or smoke, but even I can see how silly this argument is.
Even the section on early colonial history has Dr S calling Abigail Adams views on womens rights rhetoric. She merely mentioned women in a private letter to her husband and this is rhetoric? Funnily enough, Dr S was told by President Trump that the key to the country is through millennials and women. Somehow he managed to alienate both those groups in the space of a few chapters. This bothers me mostly because if he would temper his own rhetoric, stop the namecalling, and unwillingness to recognize facts that dont support his own argument, he COULD reach people. He COULD turn some people to the conservative side. Instead, he comes off like a kook at times which will most assuredly drive undecided voters away or to the other side. It worries me that the most educated spokesman we could have had has either given up or doesnt seem to care.
I just wish Dr. S. would be more balanced the way he used to be. Unfortunately, his hour long meeting with the president a few months ago has made him nothing more than a cheerleader these days, even for things that dont make sense. Thats why Ive turned him off for the time being and thats why I didnt enjoy this book.
The REAL Cause of the Salem Witch Trials - Cool History
Medical explanations of bewitchment , especially as exhibited during the Salem witch trials but in other witch-hunts as well, have emerged because it is not widely believed today that symptoms of those claiming affliction were actually caused by bewitchment. The reported symptoms have been explored by a variety of researchers for possible biological and psychological origins. Modern academic historians of witch-hunts generally consider medical explanations unsatisfactory [ citation needed ] in explaining the phenomenon and tend to believe the accusers in Salem were motivated by social factors — jealousy, spite, or a need for attention — and that the extreme behaviors exhibited were "counterfeit," as contemporary critics of the trials had suspected.
The theory that may explain what was tormenting the afflicted in Salem’s witch trials
The exact cause of the Salem Witch Trials has long remained a mystery. Like many historical events, figuring out what happened is one thing but trying to figure out why it happened is much harder. Most historians agree though that there were probably many causes behind the Salem Witch Trials, according to Emerson W. Baker in his book A Storm of Witchcraft:. Although colonists had been accused of witchcraft before in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, it had never escalated to the level that Salem did, with hundreds of people locked up in jail and dozens executed. Why did Salem get so bad?
Historian Richard Trask is a leading authority on the Salem witch-hunt of He serves as Town Archivist for Danvers formerly Salem Village , Massachusetts, where he is custodian of all early town records, the Brehaut Witchcraft Collection, and tens of thousands of manuscripts. Trask has written numerous books and articles on Salem and two of his ancestors were hanged as witches. He gives brief, simplified answers to these questions. Etext Home Back to Danvers.
Wikimedia Commons. In , the settlement of Salem, Massachusetts came under intense duress. The cause? Witch hysteria. Within the span of a year, 20 people had been executed and hundreds arrested after being accused of witchcraft. Since then, the events of the Salem witch trials have fascinated and perplexed scholars like few other episodes in American history.
When doctors were unable to provide a medical diagnosis, it was decided that the girls must have been possessed or tormented by witches. But it remains unclear today: Were those girls genuinely afflicted by something?
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Salem Witch Trials: Impact Of The Native American Wars
Webster Dictionary. The Salem witch trials began in February The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts. During this time the people in the colonies were fearful that the devil was present in their everyday lives, and that he, himself was trying to tear them away from salvation. This intense fear led them to speculate the different ways the devil could insert himself into their communities. They thought that the primary way that he did this was by entering the souls of young girls and controlling their minds and bodies allowing them to do evil deeds.
The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of , after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. As a wave of hysteria spread throughout colonial Massachusetts, a special court convened in Salem to hear the cases; the first convicted witch, Bridget Bishop, was hanged that June. By September , the hysteria had begun to abate and public opinion turned against the trials. Though the Massachusetts General Court later annulled guilty verdicts against accused witches and granted indemnities to their families, bitterness lingered in the community, and the painful legacy of the Salem witch trials would endure for centuries. In addition, the harsh realities of life in the rural Puritan community of Salem Village present-day Danvers, Massachusetts at the time included the after-effects of a British war with France in the American colonies in , a recent smallpox epidemic, fears of attacks from neighboring Native American tribes and a longstanding rivalry with the more affluent community of Salem Town present-day Salem. In January , 9-year-old Elizabeth Betty Parris and year-old Abigail Williams the daughter and niece of Samuel Parris, minister of Salem Village began having fits, including violent contortions and uncontrollable outbursts of screaming.