Philadelphia Witch Hunt: May 5, 1787

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On this edition of History File, Cam Edwards shares a relatively unknown story that took place in Philadelphia on the same day James Madison rode in to town for the Constitutional Convention. According to Edmund S. Morgan's American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America, a century after the Salem Witch Trials, while some of the most brilliant minds of the American Enlightenment were corroborating in that very city, a mob had gathered on the south side to target an old woman thought to be a witch. Called a "Korbmacher," which is German for basket maker, the woman was attacked and sliced in the forehead by the ignorant masses. Originally aired 9/17/2010.