Witchcraft in New York
- Thursday, October 27, 2022
Presented live on Zoom
Explore the ways the Dutch and English in New York understood (and misunderstood) the power of supernatural—and how New Yorkers used accusations of witchcraft to attempt to bully and silence their neighbors. The talk will draw from historical sources, archives, and New-York Historical's exhibition The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming, which seeks to shed light on the role that famous Salem witch trials played in American history and memory. The talk will also look at how in New York—unlike in Salem—justice (or some version of justice) did prevail in each of these cases.
James Nevius is the co-author of Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City (Simon & Schuster) and Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers (Lyons Press) as well as numerous articles on the history and architecture of the city for publications such as Monocle, The Chicago Tribune, Curbed, The New York Post, and more.