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Which Witch?

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Oct 24 2011

How people understand a concept changes over time and according to context. For instance, in 1692 and 1693, during the Salem Witch Trials, participants believed that any human being could strike a deal with devils and become a witch. How did the early colonial view of witches as a clear, present, and danger that could appear in the form of a human change as time went on?

Below are four illustrations of witches from different times. Put them in chronological order, with the oldest illustration at the top.

    • Print, The witch no. 3, Library of Congress
    • Poster, Hansel and Gretel, the gingerbread children by Humperdinck Music, animals, dancing, songs, Federal Art Project, Library of Congress
    • Drawing, The witch and the fat school boy, Rosina Emmet Sherwood, Library of Congress
    • Print, Matthew Hopkins Witch Finder Generall, The British Museum