Witchcraft in America by Peggy Saari


Witchcraft in America portrays itself as an overview of Paganism in America from the 1600s to modern day. However, this is very misleading. The book is divided into three section: An Overview, Primary Sources, and Biographies. The first two section are primary concerned with the Salem Witch Trials with a small section at the end devoted to Neo-Paganism (mostly Wicca). The Biographies are all about people alive during the Salem Witch Trials with the exception of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864). While this book does give a good account of the Salem Witch Trials, it does not begin to describe any paganism or witchcraft after that point. The only Neo-Pagan religion that is mentioned in the book is Wicca and no other forms of net-paganism is even referred to. As a Pagan myself, I found this book to be extremely disappointing (not even factoring in the excerpts from papers during the Salem Witch Trials which I found boring but could be of interest to someone who enjoys such things). I was hoping to read a book about how witchcraft developed in America, but I was only able to read about the Salem Witch Trials, a subject which has many of hundreds of book written about it. Sadly, I can only recommend this book to someone who is interested in the Salem Witch Trials not an entire history of Witchcraft in America.

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About Samantha C. Fischer

Samantha C. Fischer lives in Virginia with her daughter. She spends her days working a ‘real job’ and her nights and weekends trying to juggle spending time with family, reading, and writing book reviews. Her interests and passions include all things pagan, any book with a good story line that draws you in, and nature. Samantha graduated from American Public University with a Bachelor’s in English.
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