Notable Salem, MA people:
Cotton Mather: Fire and Brimston preacher, he is considered to be one of the key causes of the Witch Trials. Having written Memorable Providences in 1692, the book detailed the afflictions in children caused by “witchcraft.” He also allowed the trials to have “Spectral evidence” which was basically Mather allowing the victims of witchcraft to claim being influenced by ghosts or spirits summoned by the defendant. (Defendant could not claim otherwise for biased reasons.)
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Wrote the Scarlet Letter, and Young Goodman Brown. The latter work explores the Puritan fears and insecurities that came with the religion. Hawthorne often defied the societal laws of the time through his work, usually allowing his characters to question their faith, consider a darker side of morality, and even accuse the church and clergy of being wrong. Hawthorne’s ancestors were judges in the trials, which was why his work showed such disgust or distrust of religion.
Both men are prime examples of Salem society of the time.
Population Total: 42,824
Buildings I modeled:
Calef, Robert (1700), More Wonders of the Invisible World, London, UK: Nath Hillar on London Bridge, p. 152
Shear, Walter. “Cultural Fate and Social Freedom in Three American Short Stories”, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown (2005). Bloom, Harold (ed.), Chelsea House