Tituba: The Intentional Witch of Salem

· David F. Tamanini

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A Promise and a Hope

Enslaved Tituba has been faithful to a promise to her dying mama in Africa.

A Mother’s Agony

When Tituba’s only son dies trying to escape slavery, her life changes forever.

Witches Tear into Salem

The villagers see witches and demons everywhere. They say the Devil has sent them to steal souls, but they are wrong. It is Tituba—conjuring spectral images that spark the infamous witch hunts of 1692.

A Woman’s Dilemma

As neighbors accuse neighbors of witchcraft, hysterical trials follow and Tituba gloats in her power. But when hangings begin she must confront her secret crime.

Tituba The Intentional Witch of Salem, with a magical point of view, explores the emotions and reasons driving this unstable time.

About the author

I'm a product of great people from the northeastern coal region of Pennsylvania. And I lived in lots of places while growing up in a U.S. Army family. I come from mostly blue-collar people and am proud of it. But after community college, and a B.A from the University of Maryland, I landed a job as a civil rights investigator of race and gender discrimination. That work in the legal field led me to the University of Detroit Law School and then private law practice for thirty years. During my work as a lawyer, I got to help clients from all walks of life and I learned a lot about human strength, frailty… and hypocrisy.  


Broad social issues and our individual experiences in dealing with them have always fascinated me and they form the foundation for Tituba The Intentional Witch of Salem. I tried to create a great historical/fantasy story to entertain my readers. And at the same time, Tituba is about power, race, and morality. Hot topics any time, but especially in 2020. The real life Tituba is dear to me. Nearly forgotten in the Salem story, she is a tragic figure. An enslaved African woman, she was accused of witchcraft, and Tituba and her Puritan owner, Rev. Samuel Parris, gave me fertile ground to explore the motivations of many people contributing to the actual witch hunt craziness back then. With the device of magical powers, I have reshaped the well-known story in a new and provocative way. I hope Tituba gathers you into her spell.


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