People at the Center of - The Salem Witch Trials

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9781567117707: People at the Center of - The Salem Witch Trials

At every stage in world history, a core group of individuals have been the driving force behind the most critical events. They have defined the issues, pushed for change, debated, and led others for a cause. Each title in the People at the Center of series pulls together the core collection people that have influenced, caused, and reacted to the world's most significant historical events. Each extended encyclopedic entry covers biographical details as a basis for leading into the significance of each person and how they fit into the bigger picture.

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Reviewed with Deborah Kops' Women's Suffrage.

Gr. 5-8. From the People at the Center series, these collective biographies provide overviews of noteworthy individuals. Witch Trials begins with two fifteenth-century European priests whose book on witchcraft influenced the events in Salem. Most of the entries describe people directly involved with the accusations and trials. Even well-versed readers will find it fascinating to see the story unfold from the points of view of the individuals who were there. Women's Suffrage follows that movement from Mary Brent, who demanded the vote in the Maryland House of Burgesses in the mid-1600s, to Alice Paul, who worked for the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, and lived to see it passed by Congress in 1972. Though her subject lacks the inherent drama of Orr's, Kops provides a good introduction to seminal figures in the women's suffrage movement as well as many lesser-known names. In each book, more than half the space is devoted to illustrations, often in color, including many photographs in Suffrage as well as prints and portrait paintings. Each book ends with a chronology and lists of recommended books and Web sites. Carolyn Phelan
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"Orr presents an easy-to-understand account of the conflicts leading up to the hysteria surrounding the events in Salem. The well-chosen pictures exhibit the emotional anguish attached to the events. The simplicity of the writing makes both books perfect for introductory reading, or for reluctant readers." School Library Journal (September 2004) (School Library Journal 20040901)

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