HIST 498 (07) - Explorations of Historical Perspectives

Expl/Witchcraft & Witch Hunts

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 56978
In-depth exploration of a particular historical question or topic: for example, the French Revolution, Chaucer's England, or the New Deal. Students should consult with the Department of History for a list of topics and instructors. Course meets the History major requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic.
Section Comments: Explorations of Historical Pers/ Witchcraft in Early America
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)
Instructors: Cynthia Van Zandt

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 MW 1:10pm - 2:30pm HS 103
Additional Course Details: 

HIST 498 sec. 07

Who was a witch in Early America? This course explores the world of magical practices and the fear of sorcery and witchcraft in Early America, from the pre-United States period through the Early U.S. Republic. The class will consider magical beliefs and practices, and we will examine a series of case studies of witchcraft accusations and witch hunts. We’ll consider why so many accused witches belonged to groups marginalized by their societies and why witchcraft panics erupted during times of crisis.  Belief in magic and witch panics were prevalent in many different communities in Early America; we’ll study examples from Indigenous cultures, from English and Spanish colonies, and from enslaved African communities. Students will complete short research projects on a witch or witchcraft case of their choosing.

Attributes: HP – Discovery Historical Perspectives
Counts toward Group I for the History Major