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Decades before the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts, Alse Young was killed at the gallows in Connecticut, becoming the first person on record to be executed in the American colonies for witchcraft.




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...The Windsor town clerk registered the death on May 26, 1647, in a diary entry that read: "Alse Young was hanged." Young was the first of nine women and two men executed by the colony of Connecticut for witchcraft over 15 years, a period during which more than 40 people faced trial for having ties to Satan.

Now, more than 375 years later, amateur historians, researchers and descendants of the accused witches and their accusers hope Connecticut lawmakers will finally offer posthumous exonerations.

While such requests aren't new, they have become louder as many genealogy buffs discover they have distant relatives involved in the lesser-known Connecticut witch trials.

"They're talking about how this has followed their families from generation to generation and that they would love for someone just to say, Hey, this was wrong,'" said Connecticut state Rep. Jane Garibay, who proposed an exoneration resolution after receiving letters from eighth- and ninth-generation relatives of accused witches. "And to me, that's an easy thing to do if it gives people peace."...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-01 12:55 PM | Reply

A Republican should sue to stop them from being exonerated.

They were found guilty by the standard of the time. That makes it okay, like slavery used to be okay.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-02-01 04:28 PM | Reply

As a descendant of the Blackwood family of Connecticut I would like to come out of the broom closet and announce it's true we did indeed curse Haiti to be a horrible place to live, and for bostonians to have the dumbest accent in history, we also did engage in fortune telling, and we are the reason your wieners are small.

I blame the whole thing on tibula the slave.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2023-02-01 07:29 PM | Reply

"Slavery in Connecticut dated back to the mid-1600s. By the American Revolution, Connecticut had more enslaved Africans than any other state in New England. "

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-01 08:25 PM | Reply


And your point is? That the 1600's in the Connecticut area was one of the early areas to be settled?

Your comment needs to provide more context.

fwiw, here's the article that contains your quote. Why didn't you cite the article and the URL?

Connecticut Abolitionists

...Setting Context: the National Abolition Movement
William Lloyd Garrison, with others formed the American Anti-Slavery Society (the Society) in 1833. It advocated for the abolition of slavery within the United States. Notable members frequent speakers included former slaves Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown.

In 1840 the Society split. One faction, led by Garrison, advocated for the dissolution of the Federal government. It believed that the Constitution was a flawed document that supported slavery, and the only option was to create a new nation. It was suspicious of religion, and supported having women in leadership roles. Garrison's opponents thought he was too radical. Opponents formed two new organizations - the Liberty Party and the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society.

Founders of the Liberty Party advocated for political involvement. They believed that electing abolitionists to office could end slavery. The party put forth one Presidential candidate, James Birney, in both 1840 and 1844. He was unsuccessful in both races.

The American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (AFASS) promoted religion in abolitionism. They thought that religious teachings, not political activism, would create a moral epiphany. AFASS didn't give women the right to vote in proceedings or hold positions.

Black abolitionists were often kept on the margins of the movement they had sustained and promoted. Increasingly, free blacks had their own meetings and read African American newspapers. These included Samuel Cornish's Colored American and Frederick Douglass's abolitionist weekly North Star.

Connecticut: A History of Slavery and Abolitionism

Slavery in Connecticut dated back to the mid-1600s. By the American Revolution, Connecticut had more enslaved Africans than any other state in New England. In 1784 it passed an act of Gradual Abolition. It stated that those children born into slavery after March 1, 1784 would be freed by the time they turned 25. As a result, slavery in Connecticut was practiced until 1848.

In 1833, Prudence Crandall opened a school for "young misses of color" in Canterbury, Connecticut. The townspeople protested and harassed Crandall and her students. She resisted and kept her school open. In 1834, Connecticut's General Assembly passed what came to be known as the Black Law. The Black Law restricted African Americans from coming into Connecticut to get an education and prohibited anyone from opening a school to educate African Americans from outside the state without getting a town's permission. This law, in effect, expelled those attending Crandall's school and closed it down. The Prudence Crandall trial and the establishment of the Connecticut Black Law of 1834 were huge setbacks for the abolitionist movement in the state.

The Connecticut Anti-Slavery Society was founded in 1838. By 1839, Connecticut abolitionism found itself at a crossroads. After several disheartening legal defeats like the Crandall case, Connecticut abolitionists were in search of a new cause to bring slavery to the public's eye. Abolitionists embraced the publicity given to the Amistad captives' plight as a means to publicize and reinvigorate their cause....

Yer up...

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-02-01 08:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Struck a nerve, eh preppy?

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-02-02 04:08 PM | Reply

"William Lloyd Garrison, with others formed the American Anti-Slavery Society (the Society) in 1833."

Same year it was abolished in England. 1834 in British colonies in yje Carribean.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2023-02-03 01:48 PM | Reply

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