Lead: The problem with a historical myth is that it keeps going long after it has been proven wrong.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: One of the persistent myths surrounding the outbreak of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts in the summer of 1692 was that the persecution was led by Puritan clergymen to shore up their waning leadership in the colony. Nothing could be further from the truth. Numerous citizens were accused of practicing witchcraft, 19 went to their deaths, and popular understanding has it that preachers whipped the community up into a state of frenzy with sermons and writings on the dangers of witchcraft.

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