It seems weird that in school the Salem Witch Trials are covered more in depth than how indigenous people were treated.

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1. The Salem Witch Trials are incredibly well documented. 2. It gets studied in English class as well through The Crucible. 3. It shows a specific slice of life era with a somewhat familiar cast of people involved, thanks to the first two reasons. We rarely get that when studying Native Americans because they had such a broad range of lifestyles. Where I live, we concentrated mostly on the Powhatans (which had Pocahontas) and the Native Americans of the plains. 4. The fact that a whole town was overtaken by accusations of witchcraft is a fairly novel subject. About twenty people executed and hundreds more imprisoned based on testimony of spirits visiting the alleged victims and the accused couldn’t prove otherwise. The only way to get them to spare your life was to confess and name other witches that were working in league with the Devil. 5. It involves teenagers, which helps draw teenagers’ interest 6. It’s one of the few popular historic topics that don’t directly relate to war or battles. Sadly, the takeover of Native Americans as the country expands westward gets lumped into that even though the battles were largely one sided. I do agree that indigenous people need more of a focus in history classes, though. And literature classes.


Wait until you hear how little we learned about soviet Russia.


Huh I am the exact opposite of you. My classes in high school covered a lot on indigenous people but I don’t even know what the witch trials are. It wasn’t even just history; we read texts in English too.


Until I was in eleventh grade, we spent more cumulative time learning about three sister farming than we did the entirety of the twentieth century. So there’s that…


We learned a lot more about the treatment of Native Americans in history growing up. Salem was mostly English class, when we read the crucible.