SANDWICHED IN: Two Great American Trials. Don Parker examines two trials that captivated the citizens of their time. Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 was the site of the trials of a number of residents who were accused of committing acts of witchcraft. In 1859, shortly before the beginning of the Civil War, abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. His purpose was to seize armaments, gather supporters, and wage a fight against slavery. Brown was captured by soldiers, tried, convicted and hanged. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. 12:10 p.m.