Ah, the Crucible of Twisted History!

Today on the Twisted History sidebar feature:

1647: The first Salem, Massachusetts, ‘witch’ is executed today. (No, Joe McCarthy isn’t there.)

Isn’t it interesting how such a large percentage of Americans equate Joe McCarthy and HUAC with the Salem Witch Trials? Sure, many of the tactics used by the prosecutors and the defendants were similar to the Witch Trials. And, sure, overzealousness by some individuals and over-reaction by many others led to errors and mistakes.

But I see one significant difference.

I feel confident in saying that no one charged in the Salem Witch Trials was actually a witch.