Judge Sewall's Apology
Richard Francis talked about his book Judge Sewall’s Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American Conscience… read more
Richard Francis talked about his book Judge Sewall’s Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American Conscience (Fourth Estate, 2005). Samuel Sewall (1652-1730) was one of the judges who sentenced people to death during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Five years later he recanted his guilty verdicts and begged for forgiveness. During his illustrated lecture, historian Richard Francis spoke about Salem, Massachusetts, the location of the 1692 witch trials in which over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. He also responded to questions from members of the audience.
Salem Mayor Driscoll, Gordon College Provost Mark Sargent, and others participated in launching the Old Town Hall Lecture Series of the Gordon College Institute for Public History at the Salem Old Town Hall on November 18, 2010. close
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