In the Shadow of Salem
by Richard Hite
In the Shadow of Salem focuses on the role of the town of Andover in the witch hunt of 1692. Despite the fact that Andover saw more of its residents accused than any other town (45 to be exact) previous writers on the subject have only mentioned it in passing. This book begins with a brief summary of events in Salem Village (now Danvers) and the town of Salem that sparked the witch hunt, but then turns its attention to events in Andover and analyzes them, noting the numerous differences between the patterns of accusation in the latter town and what took place in Salem Village. In the end, the book also illuminates the role of numerous Andover residents in bringing the witch hunt to a halt in the last months of 1692.
Richard Hite is State Records Coordinator at the Rhode Island State Archives and Public Records Administration. He has a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Archives Management from North Carolina State University and an M.A in History from Kent State University. He has authored two previous books and lives in Providence near Wayland Square.