On this Day: Alse Young Hanged for Wi...

On this Day: Alse Young Hanged for Witchcraft in Connecticut

There are 5 comments on the findingDulcinea story from May 26, 2008, titled On this Day: Alse Young Hanged for Witchcraft in Connecticut. In it, findingDulcinea reports that:

On May 26, 1642, Young became the first person executed for witchcraft in America, setting off a wave of witch hysteria.

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Gina Kessee

Winnsboro, SC

#1 May 26, 2009
This is a very sad account of the mass of injustice that occurred against young women and older women during those early days of New England. Poor kid, she probably did not want to complete her chores that day or maybe talked back to her parents. Yet that did not warrant her death at all. Too bad that we do not have her version of events.
Ilana

New York, NY

#2 May 26, 2009
I still can't believe this whole thing happened. Yet another example of how religion just makes our lives more complicated.
The witch is leaving

Johnstown, PA

#3 May 28, 2009
Who cares. It was over 300 years ago.
Jamie

Dewey, AZ

#4 May 29, 2012
This woman was my 9th great grandmother. She was 47 years old at the time, and from what I understand, she had been making homeopathic liniments and medications to help her friends and neighbors. This is what caused her to be accused of witchcraft.
Amanda

United States

#5 Jun 25, 2013
Jamie wrote:
This woman was my 9th great grandmother. She was 47 years old at the time, and from what I understand, she had been making homeopathic liniments and medications to help her friends and neighbors. This is what caused her to be accused of witchcraft.
I'm not exactly sure how but I'm a direct descendant of hers. I'm trying to get as much info as possible. I'm writing a screenplay based on this.

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