But, as Cotton Mather wrote in the The Magnalia Christi Americana, (The Glorious Works of Christ in America), in 1702, things started to go terribly wrong almost right away with the glorious hopes of the Puritans in America. During the declension, the high ideals of the Puritans became the horror of the fear of the devil.
Salem, Massachusetts, was to be the new Jerusalem, but instead it has gained notoriety for The Salem Witch Trials. And yes, the Puritans were to blame for deaths of many innocent people who were accused of witchcraft. So instead of building a city on a hill, the Puritans attacked. My 13th Great-Grandfather, the Reverend Samuel Stone, was an early attacker. He prosecuted one of the earliest witchcraft trials in Connecticut in 1646.