In our winter semester women’s and gender history class, different students each week will blog in response to the material we covered that week as well as questions that I (Professor Amy French) posed to them. Everyone in the class is responsible for commenting. This week, the class is learning about the colonial era and we are focusing on witch trials for our discussion this week. The selected students for this week need to respond to this topic:

Thinking about “Devil in the Shape of a Woman” by Carol Karlsen, why did neighbors or acquaintances launch accusations of witchcraft against particular persons? What do you think this tells us about gender and about this time in American history?

–Prof. French