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By Frances Hill

During the grim iciness of 1692 within the inflexible Puritan neighborhood of Salem Village, Massachusetts, a bunch of younger ladies all started experiencing violent matches, allegedly suffering from devil and the witches who worshipped him. From the girls' preliminary denouncing of an Indian slave, the accusations quickly improved. In lower than years, nineteen women and men have been hanged, one was once pressed to demise, and over 100 others have been imprisoned and impoverished.

This evenhanded and now-classic heritage illuminates the frightening episode with visceral readability, from the opportunistic Putnam extended family, who fanned the obstacle to meet own vendettas and greed, to four-year-old "witch" Dorcas solid, who used to be chained to a dank criminal wall in darkness until she went mad. by way of putting the far away interval of the Salem witch trials within the better context of extra modern eruptions of mass hysteria and intolerance, the writer has created a piece as thought-provoking because it is emotionally powerful.

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By the end of the century, many more trusts had been established by other protagonists of John D. Rockefeller’s Cursed Legacy 11 American industry in every sector of the economy, representing the most striking sign of the shift of the United States from an agrarian, smallbusiness society to an industrial power. S. ’’15 This triumph of the rising industrial strength of the United States bore the name John D. Rockefeller, who by then had already risen to the status of the richest man in the world.

The father of the oil industry was the single most important character of an age that witnessed one of the major social and economic transformations of the United States. In a way, it was Rockefeller who was responsible for the tectonic shift that transformed Jefferson’s America— based on the equation between freedom and direct ownership of the means of production and land by every single man—into a global economic power dominated by industrial concentration through the ‘‘trust’’ formula. Rockefeller later proudly described that shift and his own role in it: This movement [concentration] was the origin of the whole system of economic administration.

In New York in 1882, Thomas Alva Edison made his first public presentation of his latest invention, a light bulb powered by electricity. The new device soon captured the collective global imagination, even though the need to create a large infrastructure to provide the new tool with power—from the generator to the home—initially limited its diffusion to public lighting or large industrial complexes, without endangering the role of kerosene. )1 While Edison’s achievement set the stage for one of the most important revolutions of our time, a flurry of amateur inventors was experimenting with and perfecting the first prototypes of internal combustion engine vehicles, fuelled by diesel or gasoline.

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