chapter  Chapter 3
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The Waning of Witchcraft

WithLawrence B. Goodheart

This chapter shows that the tension was resolved by the end of the century in favor of legal realism. As the culture changed, so too did the social structure and religious mandate that had fueled the misogyny of witchcraft. Officials declared, “Those that will make witchcraft of such things will make hanging work apace.” The revised Connecticut Code of 1750 not only eliminated a number of antiquated capital crimes, such as witchcraft, but for the first time omitted an accompanying scriptural imprimatur.