Tituba is one of the most well known yet least understood figures of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. She was the first to confess and one of the last people to be released from prison before she disappeared into the historical record. Since the trials, our understanding of Tituba has shapeshifted many times and the truth of her life seems almost impossible to pin down. So who exactly was Tituba? Together we will piece together what we do know about this critical player in the witch trials, as well as consider the many ways she has been presented in popular culture over the years.
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This class is appropriate for ages 16+.
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About the teacher:
Maya Rook is a historian and educator living in Rochester, NY. She holds an MA in American History from the University at Albany and blends critical insight with humor and empathy in her investigations of the dark, often absurd, aspects of the past. She is the direct descendant of a confessed witch from the Salem witch trials.
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