Rebecca Nurse (February 13, 1621 – July 19, 1692) was accused of witchcraft and executed in New England during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. She was fully exonerated less than twenty years later. Click here for one hour History Camp presentation by historian Daniel A. Gagnon, on his new book, A Salem Witch: The Trial, Execution, and Exoneration of Rebecca Nurse.
In the first full account of Nurse’s life, author Daniel A. Gagnon vividly recreates seventeenth-century Salem, and in the process challenges previous interpretations of Nurse’s life and the 1692 witch hunt in general.
Through primary source research, he reveals how the Nurse family’s role in several disputes prior to the witch hunt was different from what was previously thought, as well as how Nurse’s case helps answer the important question of whether the accusations of witchcraft were caused by mental illness or malicious intent.
A Salem Witch reveals a remarkable woman whose legacy has transformed how the witch hunt has been remembered and memorialized. Click here for the Rebecca Nurse Homestead website.