ERIC Number: EJ649737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Homo Economicus and the Salem Witch Trials.
Mixon, Franklin G., Jr.
Journal of Economic Education, v31 n2 p179-84 Spr 2000
Provides background information on the Salem Witch Trials (Salem, Massachusetts) and the medical explanation of the young village girls' behavior in Salem called ergotism (bread poisoning). Presents an economic interpretation of those trials, stating that the ministers employed religious beliefs about witchcraft to maintain their churchs' monopoly and increase church membership. (CMK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts