The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem

Featuring: Stacy Schiff, David M. Rubenstein (moderator)

History with David M. Rubenstein

  • Tuesday, April 26, 2022
  • $38 (Members $24; Chairman’s Council, Free)
David M. Rubenstein

Event Details:

In the harsh New England winter of 1692, a minister’s daughter began to scream and convulse, as if possessed by a demonic spirit. This incident marked the beginning of a year-long panic in Salem, Massachusetts, which culminated in the infamous Witch Trials and the execution of 20 individuals. How did this Puritan settlement descend into madness? In what ways did this dark chapter in colonial America shape the future republic? Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff, in a conversation with David M. Rubenstein, uncovers the truths behind the mythology.

Stacy Schiff is the author of numerous critically acclaimed and #1 bestselling books, including The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem. Her new biography of Samuel Adams, The Revolutionary, will be published in late 2022. David M. Rubenstein (moderator), co-founder and co-chairman of the Carlyle Group, is the author of numerous books, including The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream.

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Buy the book! Pick up copies of related titles at the NYHistory Store:

Stacy Schiff, The Witches: Salem, 1692
Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life
Stacy Schiff, A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America
David M. Rubenstein, The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream
David M. Rubenstein, How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers
David M. Rubenstein, The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians


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