By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 2, 2021) – In Issue 2021-105 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, teaches us about the danger of fear and a dark place in American history.


Is Massachusetts the home of the first American hate crimes?  Of people who were just slightly different.  Evidence would support that Massachusetts is indeed the home of original American hate crimes.

Some were declared to be witches just because they had a black coat which was qualified as living an immoral lifestyle.

The formal hearings began in Salem in 1692 on this day. The government, together with the courts, killed 25 people, most by hanging, but one was pressed to death for failing to admit being a witch.  Massachusetts – a name borrowed by Algonquian Native Americans.

Here is Colton’s map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island from 1855.

Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island from 1855

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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