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The History of the Salem Witchcraft Trials - During the time of the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, more than twenty people died an innocent death. All of those innocent people were accused of one thing, witchcraft. During 1692, in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts many terrible events happened. A group of Puritans lived in Salem during this time. They had come from England, where they were prosecuted because of their religious beliefs. They chose to come live in America and choose their own way to live. They were very strict people, who did not like to act different from others....   [tags: Salem Witchcraft Trials, ] 2587 words
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The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 - The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, which resulted in 19 executions, and 150 accusations of witchcraft, are one of the historical events almost everyone has heard of. They began when three young girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began to have hysterical fits, after being discovered engaging in forbidden fortune-telling (not dancing naked in the woods) to learn what sorts of men they would marry. Betty's father, the Reverend Samuel Parris, called in more senior authorities to determine if the girls' affliction was caused by witchcraft....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays] 4275 words
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The Spark that Ignited the Salem Witchcraft Trials - What really happened in Salem that ignited the spark of the Witchcraft Trials. Was it out of boredom. Did the girls come down with a case of Schizophrenia, encephalitis, or Huntington’s chorea. (Vogel 1). These are all possibilities, but there is still one theory that could reveal the truth behind the Salem Witch Trials. According to the research by psychologist Linda Caporael, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, the poisoning of ergot originally created the hysteria. (Vogel 1 and Clark 2)....   [tags: poisoning of ergot]
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A Historical Comparison of the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthyism Era - Throughout history , it has been shown that, history has a tendency to repeat itself. In 1692, men and women were accused of witchcraft whether they were guilty or not. The place that this was occurring was, Salem, Massachusetts, a city full of puritans who came from Europe. Witchcraft was the among the worst crime any individual could do. This often times led to people being hung or exiled from the church. Many people were hung, even though they were innocent. Many years later during the WWII era, there was a lot of speculation about communists and their impact in America This era was known as the McCarthyism era, because, Sen....   [tags: social issues, salem witchcraft trials]
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Salem Witchcraft Trials in 1962 - Salem Witchcraft Trials in 1962 The Witchcraft trials in 1692, which infested the small town of Salem Massachusetts, can most definitely be placed among the most absurd events in the history of the United States. Though Witchcraft was never proved to be the cause of this mysterious chain of events, one can wonder whether if in fact the Devil was present in this vile scheme. Arthur Miller recounts this horrid tale in his powerful drama, The Crucible, in which a simple hoax inspired by a few girls is augmented exponentially by the sins that lurk within the souls of each individual....   [tags: Papers] 1042 words
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Case of Rebecca Nurse: Witch Trials - In the small town of Salem, there came an uproar of people being witches and the practice of witchcraft among the people in the town. The town’s eyes were looking at Abigail Williams, Betty Paris, along with the other young girls that were dancing in the forest, making a love potion. To get the towns eyes off of them, they started pointing the finger at many others in the town who they didn’t like. The ‘afflicted’ girls blamed these people for possessing their bodies, forcing these girls to do the devilish acts that they were caught doing....   [tags: salem, witchcraft, witch trials]
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The Salem Witchcraft Trials - The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 were the largest outbreak of witch hunting in colonial New England up to that time. Although it was the largest outbreak, it was not something that was new. Witch-hunting had been a part of colonial New England since the formation of the colonies. Between the years 1648 to 1663, approximately 15 witches were executed. During the winter of 1692 to February of 1693, approximately 150 citizens were accused of being witches and about 25 of those died, either by hanging or while in custody....   [tags: American History] 821 words
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Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Salem Witchcraft Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller Throughout society and throughout literature, vulnerable communities under certain conditions can be easily taken advantage of by a person or group of people presumed innocent. In the play, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, there are three main factors that allowed the girls fallacious stories to be believed: Salem’s flawed court system, its lack of diversity in beliefs and religion, and the lack of a strong leader in the town. Although Abigail and the girls initiated the accusations, the responsibility lies with the entire community....   [tags: The Crucible Arthur Miller Witchcraft Essays] 797 words
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Salem Witchcraft Trials - Salem Witchcraft Trials Thesis Statement ================ The Salem Witchcraft Trials occurred because of the depth of Salem Puritans' belief in witchcraft and the devil. Introduction ============ The Salem Witchcraft trials started in 1692 resulting in 19 executions and 150 accusations of witchcraft. This was the biggest outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in colonial New England. The trials began because three young girls, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began having hysterical fits, convulsions and terrifying visions after being caught engaging in forbidden fortune telling[1]....   [tags: Papers] 826 words
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Salem Witchcraft Trials vs. the Crucible - Salem Witch Craft In 1962 the penalty of witchcraft was to be hung or smashed. There was a big outburst of witchcraft and spells that were going around among the people of Massachusetts in 1962. Some of the women of Salem began the witchcraft many people started to catch on and fallow them. A lot of these people were hung do to what the bible said about the wrongs of witchcraft. When these women of Salem Massachusetts started to do witchcraft and pass it on to other people they were put on trial for their actions, which at the time was, illegal....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 2045 words
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Witchcraft in Salem - Witchcraft in Salem In the past, the word Salem has always been somewhat synonymous with the infamous witch trials. Thanks to works such as Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, many people find it hard not to envision a community torn apart by chaos, even though Miller’s play was not so much about the witch trials but instead a commentary on the rampant McCarthyism going on at the time he wrote it. Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, however, see a very different picture when the Salem witch trials are mentioned....   [tags: Salem Possesed Witchcraft Witch Trials Essays] 1396 words
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The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692: The History, Proceedings, and Legal Consequences of the Mass Hysteria - The first bout of panic came about in January of 1662, when a few young women and girls had a series of violent and hysterical fits. They claimed that they were being “tormented” by apparitions of members of the community. Many members of the community were horrified by the violence of these fits, as well as the anguish that the women and girls went through (Godbeer). On January 20th, Reverend Parris’ 11year-old niece and 9 year-old daughter respectively, Abigail Williams and Betty Parris started to have fits that were quite horrifying in nature....   [tags: religious misconception, violent fits]
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The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692: The History, Proceedings, and Legal Consequences of the Mass Hysteria - Salem, Massachusetts. Before the 1600’s, it might have been regarded as a peaceful farming community, but in 1662, everything changed. A bout of what might have been regarded as religious fervor, but was actually a wave of panic over the fear of witches and witchcraft swept the Christian Puritan-dominated Essex County, located in Massachusetts. The panic originated in the now-infamous town of Salem. During the famous Salem Witch Trials of 1662, over 150 men and women were formally charged with the crime of witchcraft....   [tags: Christian morality gone wrong]
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salem witchcraft trials cause and effect - In 1692 the area of Salem town and Salem village became very vulnerable to conflict. Severe weather such as hurricanes had damaged land and crops, the effects of King Phillips War began to impact New England society, and colonists were being forced off of the frontiers by Native peoples. The Church and the government were in heavy conflict. And those residing in Salem began to grow suspicious of one another when some prospered and others hadn’t (Marcus, p13). Suddenly people seemed very paranoid and soon residents were placing blame on one another and accusing each other of witchcraft....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Salem Witch Trials - Salem Witch Trials Throughout history millions of people have been scorned, accused, arrested, tortured, put to trial and, persecuted as witches. One would think that by the time the United States was colonized, these injustices on humanity would have come to an end, but that was not so. In 1692 a major tragedy occurred in America, the Salem witch trials. It all began when a group of girls accused others, generally older women, of consorting with the devil. The witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts resulted from the strict Puritan code which aroused the girls interest in superstition and magic and caused strange behavior....   [tags: Witchcraft Salem Witch Trials History Essays]
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Comparing the Salem Witch Trials, European Witchcraft Craze and the McCarthy Hearings - Comparing the Salem Witch Trials, European Witchcraft Craze and the McCarthy Hearings The evidence of witchcraft and related works has been around for many centuries. Gradually, though, a mixture a religious, economical, and political reasons instigated different periods of fear and uncertainty among society. Witchcraft was thought of as a connection to the devil that made the victim do evil and strange deeds. (Sutter par. 1) In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and twentieth century, the hysteria over certain causes resulted in prosecution in the Salem Witch Trials, European Witchcraft Craze, and the McCarthy hearings....   [tags: American History] 1712 words
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Causes of the Salem Witch Trials - From the beginning of time there has been conflict between the views of different people and their different groups. Conflict has brought prejudice and fear into communities around the world. As conflict is an inescapable part of any society, it can be expected to extend to the greatest impact possible. The Salem Witch Trials are one such conflict. This conflict caused many to be accused, arrested, and killed. Because of social, economic, religious, and physical problems within the community, Salem Village was present with prejudice and panic causing the Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: witchcraft, salem village, American history]
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Relationship between McCarthyism, Saudi Arabia's War on Witchcraft, Moral Panic that Occured in Christian Nations and the Salem Witch Trials - ... Many of you may not know of McCarthyism, basically McCarthyism was a period when a man named Joseph McCarthy caused a massive uproar of hysteria in the U.S.A. Mass hysteria in the so called “Land of the free”. The hysteria centered around McCarthy was centered around him wanting a second term which led him to make outrages claims that “more than 200 employees in the State Department were card-carrying members of the Communist Party.” These claims were never proven but it caused massive Anti-Communist sentiment amongst the population to unfold....   [tags: collective moral panic, primal behavior] 681 words
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Witchcraft in the Small Village of Salem - Witchcraft was as a capital crime in seventeenth-century New England. Madness over witchcraft was caused by a group of girls (Kent 95). Witchcraft was considered a terrible crime throughout Europe; its punishment was death by hanging or burning (Dolan 8). Everyone in the village of Salem believed in witchcraft, and only a few had tried to use it (Kent 18). In 1692, Salem Village panic was a major event in United States history which will never be forgotten. The people of Salem were caught up in a hysteria of accusing many innocent woman of witchcraft, even though it started as just a couple young girls who had acted strangely....   [tags: Salem witch trials,]
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The Salem With Trials - ... In his 1689 book, Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions, Cotton Mather described alleged mysterious observations in which the child of a mason from Boston was extremely affected by witchcraft activities. In his book, the mason’s eldest child was lured by the devil to steal linen from their laundry woman, Mary Glover (Adams, 2009). Since Mary Glover’s husband often referred to her as a witch, she was accused of casting evil spells on the children. Allegedly, after this event, four of the mason’s children had fits of strange kind which was at that time called as the “disease of astonishment”....   [tags: supernatural powers, witchcraft, History]
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Modern Witchcraft and the Witch Trials - For hundreds of years people were tortured and executed, because they were believed to be witches. Based on three primary accounts by Pope The French novelist, Victor Hugo, once said, “There is in every village a torch- the school teacher; and an extinguisher; the priest.” Although Victor Hugo lived in the age of modernism, the medieval idea of intolerance, promoted through religion and politics, was not foreign to him; had he been alive two hundred years earlier, his defiant attitude and constant séances to contact his deceased daughter, may have gotten him accused of witchcraft, or heresy....   [tags: confession, salem, pope] 1275 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - ... She was accused of witchcraft at her trial because the Puritans did not admire her self-interests, which led to her remarriage to an indentured servant. Lastly, Tituba was the final one accused of witchcraft. Tituba likely became a target due to her ethnicity of being a non-white slave. She was also accused, along with her witchcraft, of luring young girls like Williams and Parris with stories of demons and fortune telling. Each one of the accused women was outcasts in the town, which gave them the certain look that fit previous cases of witchcraft trials....   [tags: witchcraft in Massachusetts] 2324 words
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Salem Witch Trials and BDSM - Like practitioners of BDSM, which is an acronym for the sexual practices of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism, the people accused of witchcraft in the Salem witchcraft trials were viewed as sinners and were looked at with reproach. I decided to write about kinksters, which are people who engage in unusual sexual behavior, because of the unwarranted criticism they face. It is comparable to being homosexual in that people with kinks may feel the need to hide this part of themselves from their family and friends because they fear being judged....   [tags: witchcraft, sexual practices, bondage, discipline]
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Salem Witch Trials - “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” M.L.K. Jr. (Walkman). Just imagine seeing hallucinations everywhere, believing that witches are everywhere doing horrible things. That seems terrifying but not as terrifying as what happens to the people who were accused. If they were accused it is practically a death sentence. The scary thing was that people believed the little girls of Salem who were accusing people....   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, England]
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Witchcraft: Yesterday and Today - Everyone knows about the Salem Witch Trials, but what about the Lancashire Witches, or even ones happening today. All throughout history, people have been put in jail and hanged for being accused of witchcraft. The reasons for why people are accused are almost the same for each trial; bad luck in love or crops, death, illnesses, suspicion, even someone that is of a different race or is different in the slightest way is enough to get people worldwide turn to witchcraft as the answer. The infamous Salem Witch Trials took place from 1692-1693 in Salem Village, present day Danvers, Massachusetts....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, Lancashire Witches]
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The Injustice of the Salem Witch Trials - ... Another case during this time was Ann Putnam who was also eleven, who also experienced similar episodes as Elizabeth, and Abigail. On February 29 Jonathan Corwin and John Hawthorne made the three young girls blame three women for possessing them: Tituba, the Parris' slave, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne. All three women were interrogated for several days, starting on March 1, 1692. Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good both claimed they were innocent and had nothing to do with the strange behavior of the three girls but Tituba, the slave confessed....   [tags: mass hysteria, witchcraft] 587 words
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The Salem Witch Trials Description - Since ancient times, the world has been plagued by the belief that witches roam freely. Witch trials have long been an iniquitous way to get rid of the presumably evil men and women who lurk throughout the deepest parts of the earth. From the beginning of time, an estimated 50 to 200 thousand people have been killed because of witch trials ; however, the most famous witch trial that ever took place was the Salem Witch Trials that occurred during 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Massachusetts was settled by English Puritans in 1630; it was inhibited by close to six hundred residents, who lived in two unmistakably different societies: Salem town, and Salem Village....   [tags: witch trial, witchcraft, sarah osborne]
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The Salem Witch Trials - Nothing in history happens as an isolated event. All of time is a continuous cycle of cause and effect, each decision and event leading to another. Eventually all the pieces fall into place to form the landscape of time. It is the job of historians to study this process and determine exactly what each piece of the puzzle is. From the building of the pyramids to America’s war on terrorism, people can eventually trace everything back through time. Of course, attempts to discover the exact causes often lead to controversy....   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, Controversy]
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Commentary on the Infamous Salem Witch Trials - ... People blamed her for the death of farm and animal life. One of the oldest to be executed was an eighty year old man who was pressed to death by stones, one of the youngest to be held imprisoned was a four year old whose mother was hanged at the Hills. The girls who thought they would liven things up with a little hysteria were never punished for their acts, however, Samuel Parris, an imperative piece to the Trials was not paid his usual salary but instead paid roughly eighty pounds, the equivalent of about $24,000 today, to get lost....   [tags: Witchcraft, Innocent, Court]
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Potential Causes Of The Salem Witch Trials - In the early winter of 1692, the first speculations of witchcraft occurred with the female children of Salem. Reverend Parris’ daughter nine-year old Betty Parris, and his niece Abigail Williams, began to display terrifying and peculiar behavior. Their outbursts, body contortions, and eerie actions were similar to the ones of the Goodwin children in 1688. Soon after, other Salem girls began to demonstrate the symptoms that flabbergasted the town. There are many literatures works and in-depth studies over the trials....   [tags: Witchcraft Hysteria, Judgment]
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The Salem Witch Trials as a Form of Control of the Puritan Society - The Salem Witchcraft Trials as a Form of Control of the Puritan Society The Salem witchcraft trials resulted from a climate of repression, religious intolerance, and social hierarchy combined with fanaticism and the oppression of women. The Puritan leaders used the trials as a way to control the community and to prevent change in the strict social hierarchy. The trials ensured that the teachings of the church would be followed - anyone not following the church was simply accused of being a witch and punished accordingly....   [tags: Religious Intolerance Witchcraft ]
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Why Did the Salem Witch Trials Happen - ... This was one of many things that was known and is known in history as being very different from typical Puritans in many Salemites. Thus as a result of their individualistic attitude the people of Salem were out of touch with the remainder of the Salem Village. One particularly large farming family who felt that Salem Town was out of touch with the rest of Salem Village was the Putnams. The Putnams were the leaders of the separatist group primarily because they owned the most farmland in Salem Village, and thus had the most influence....   [tags: american history, witchcraft, historians]
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Rachel Clinton Path to Demise in the Salem Witch Trials - Power is something that most people strive to attain in their lives. If not power, than money. But with the gain of power or wealth comes unexpected setbacks, especially in the case of Rachel Clinton, where growing up in a wealthy and influential family didn’t save her from being targeted during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. With that stated, if she had not been in such a position of wealth, could she have not been a target at all. Rachel (Haffield) Clinton was born the daughter of Martha and Richard Haffield in 1629....   [tags: wealth, acusations, witchcraft] 896 words
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Gender and Power in the Salem Witch Trials - In his view, the girls were “under an evil hand” (Godbeer 2). Thus the quote from local Salem Village physician William Griggs in January of 1692, to start what became known as The Salem Witch Hunt and Trials. At the end of the seventeenth-century, the small village of Salem Massachusetts was predominantly Puritan and governed by Puritan laws. The Puritans were educated, middle class folk who were able to pay for themselves and their family’s way across the Atlantic. The Puritans were mainly artisans and middling farmers by trade and in the wake of the reformation of the Church of England, left for the colonies to better devout themselves to God because they saw the Church of England as a c...   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, Gender, Power]
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials The witch trials of the late 1600's were full of controversy and uncertainty. The Puritan town of Salem was home to most of these trials, and became the center of much attention in 1692. More than a hundred innocent people were found guilty of practicing witchcraft during these times, and our American government forced over a dozen to pay with their lives. The main reasons why the witch trials occurred were conflicts dealing with politics, religion, family, economics, and fears of the citizens....   [tags: History Salem Witch Trials] 1357 words
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Salem Witch Trials - The year 1692 marked a major event in history in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witchcraft Trials still leaves this country with so many questions as to what happened in that small town. With all the documentation and accounts of the story, people are still wondering why 19 people died as a result of these trials. This paper will discuss the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials and the events that took place during and after the trials, and the men and women who were killed or spent the remainder of their lives in jail....   [tags: History Salem Witch Trials] 1476 words
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Why Did People React So Strongly to Witchcraft in History? - Why Did People React So Strongly to Witchcraft in History. Throughout history, people’s reactions to witchcraft have started mass panic, hysteria, disturbing witch trials, and countless executions and hangings. Witchcraft was once and still can be a very controversial topic, as it challenges other’s religions and beliefs and is against Christianity. Back when the Church was the main source of authority and guidance, reactions to witchcraft were particularly strong and heated, as there are even bible quotes ordering the instant death of any witch or wizard....   [tags: Witchcraft] 1868 words
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The Role of Young Women in the Salem Witch Trials - The term witchcraft is defines as the practice of magic intended to influence nature. It is believed that only people associated with the devil can perform such acts. The Salem Witch Trials was much more than just America’s history, it’s also part of the history of women. The story of witchcraft is first and foremost the story of women. Especially in its western life, Karlsen (1989) noted that “witchcraft challenges us with ideas about women, with fears about women, with the place of women in society and with women themselves”....   [tags: The Salem Witch Trials]
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Salem Witch Trials Of 1692 - The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 In colonial Massachusetts between February of 1692 and May of 1963 over one hundred and fifty people were arrested and imprisoned for the capital felony of witchcraft. Trials were held in Salem Village, Ipswich, Andover and Salem Town of Essex County of Massachusetts, but accusations of witchcraft occurred in surrounding counties as well. Nineteen of the accused, fourteen women and five men, were hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem Village. Hysteria had swept through Puritan Massachusetts and hundreds of people were accused of witchcraft....   [tags: Witch Salem History Hunt] 1056 words
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Wily Witchcraft - The Crucible, penned by Arthur Miller, a four-act dramatic play based on events of the Salem witchcraft trials, takes place in a small Puritan village of Massachusetts in 1692. The witchcraft trials grew out of the particular moral system of the Puritans, which promoted a repressive code of conduct that frowned on any diversion from norms of behavior. The play opens with the reader finding out about a young girl who is inert in her bed. The villagers automatically suspect witchcraft. However, they do not know that all the girls in the village sneaked out to the woods the night before where they made a potion to let them have the man they love....   [tags: Crucible, Arthur Miller, Salem, witchcraft, trial]
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witchcraft trials in Massachusetts during 1692 resulted in nineteen innocent men and women being hanged, one man pressed to death, and in the deaths of more than seventeen who died in jail. It all began at the end of 1691 when a few girls in the town began to experiment with magic by gathering around a crystal ball to try to find the answer to questions such as "what trade their sweet harts should be of ". This conjuring took place in the Parris household where a woman named Tituba, an Indian slave, headed the rituals....   [tags: American History Witch Witches Essays Salem]
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Cotton Mather and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 - Cotton Mather and the Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 took place in the Puritan community of Salem, Massachusetts. Cotton Mather, a clergyman in Salem, emerged throughout the course of the trials as a pillar of support and, ultimately, as a witch-hunter. However, his motives at the beginning of the trials were driven by his Puritanical reasoning which holds a strong belief in Biblical Law. Cotton Mather used his Puritanical faith to find reasoning in God that allowed the Salem Witch Trials to occur....   [tags: Puritan Community Salem, Massachusetts]
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The Truth of Reverend Hale during The Salem Witch Trials in "the Crucible,” by Arthur Miller - The Salem witch trials were a time period in which there was mass chaos and very little reason. In, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, there were an elect group of people that overcame this hysteria of the trials. Among the people of reason arose, Reverend Hale, who displayed both sides of the hysteria. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character as he transforms from a character following the strict law and causing the deaths of many, to a character that understands the ridiculousness of the trials. In the beginning of the play, Hale enters as a strict law abiding citizen enjoying his position of power and his ability to make the decisions in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Arthur Miller] 543 words
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The Causes of the Salem Witch Trials - What caused the Salem Witch Trials. This question has been asked for hundreds of years, yet the world still isn't sure of the answer. The only statement that can be proven is that there were multiple causes (salemwitchtrials.com). No one factor pushed the trials into existence. Even simple things, like fear, took a part in the overall cause. To this day, scientists and researchers alike still argue over the answer to this riddling question. In the early winter months of 1692, in colonial Massachusetts, two young girls began exhibiting strange symptoms that were described to be "beyond the power of Epileptic Fits or natural disease to effect (examiner.com)." Doctors looked them over, but co...   [tags: trails, factors, hysteria]
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The Salem Witch Trials of 1962 - The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were notorious occasions in American History. They have been the subject of verifiable articles, religious talks, books, plays, and movies. Both in the realm of the scholarly world and pop-society of American social order, the Salem Witch Trials have interested gatherings of people from directly after they happened throughout the twentieth century. In a few ways, the exact truth that investment in this occasion has spread over crosswise over both time and disciplines makes the trials deserving of study....   [tags: notorious occasions in American history] 645 words
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The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism - ... In Salem, deception was often handled with solemnity, and cases of such were very rare. Thus, those who suspected one to be involved with witchcraft, used this tactic to manipulate and abuse the already defective system of suspicion. In the United States, fear had overcome logic, which left the nation in anxiety. A sense of a breach in security left people in dismay, and eager to cleanse the population of any communist activity. Deceit flooded the nation, and political figures, such as Joseph McCarthy, along with the House of Un-American Activities, took an initiative, suspecting all as guilty until proven innocent....   [tags: the red scare, events of terror and inhumanity] 679 words
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Salem Witch Trials of 1692 - The Salem witch trials of the 17th century, was an event that took place in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts which spread mass hysteria that centralized around the idea of witchcraft and reflected religious persecution. This tale of events provoked the fears of Puritans whom at the time hated and believed witchcraft to be evil, the practice of committing ill acts on the innocent, the aid of demonic spirits and conveying with Satan. Therefore, the idea of Devil worshipping and witchcraft became a central scapegoat as a reason to exterminate those who were outcasts and did not practice in the Puritan faith accordingly to the rest of the town....   [tags: U.S. History]
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Encephalitis Lethargica vs Witchcraft in Salem - ... Chapters two and five contain the core of Carlson’s work. She provides a commendable amount of evidence from the trials and from the worldwide outbreak of encephalitis lethargica, which lasted from 1915 to 1930, to support her hypothesis. Five million people were plagued with this "forgotten epidemic". Carlson makes the comparison between the aspects of the early-twentieth-century epidemic and the course of events in Salem and continues the book with supporting evidence for her claim. The encephalitis epidemic struck mostly young people and more women than men....   [tags: Speculative, Thesis, History] 1000 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem witchcraft trials began in the year of 1692. The trials caused hysteria in Salem Village. There were twenty people accused of witchcraft and executed. Over one hundred people were thought to be guilty and were placed in jail. However, “The Salem witch-hunt was remarkable not for the numbers hanged and imprisoned but for happening when it did” (Hill 1). The trials began over forty years after the initial European witch-frenzy (Hill 1). Superstition was being challenged by scientists at the time....   [tags: literary analysis, culture, ergotism]
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The Salem Witch Trials - Before 1692, the supernatural was a part of people’s everyday normal life. This is so as people strongly believed that Satan was present and active on earth. Men and women in Salem Village believed that all the misfortunes that befell them were the work of the devil. For example, when things like infant death, crop failures or friction among the congregation occurred, people were quick to blame the supernatural. This concept first emerged in Europe around the fifteenth century and then spread to Colonial America....   [tags: U.S. History]
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The Salem Witch Trials - ... Sir. Edmund Andros was appointed as the new governor of the colony in 1686. The trials soon erupted during an eight-year period when the Puritans were running an unofficial government. When the accusations of witchcraft began to spread wildly, panic had risen and became an ongoing issue with the ministries and the community. The governor of the town was put under major pressure and needed to discover a way to relieve the tensions Salem was experiencing. This was a time of difficulty and the governor concluded that the best way to blame these war-time failures was to use the tactic of witchcraft as a distraction....   [tags: American History, accusations] 2132 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - Superstition--The belief in supernatural causality, has been a driving factor behind pivotal historical events throughout the early years of the documented human existence. Unexplainable disasters and phenomena were once commonly attributed to displeased gods by many an ancient civilization. Humans have always had a burning desire to understand why things happen. Remarkable and seemingly unexplainable events occurring in civilizations where the sciences are lacking, leaves the masses to credit that so badly desired explanation to magic and unearthly powers, allowing superstitious un-backed accusations and assumptions to run rampant....   [tags: church, ignorance, superstition]
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The Salem Witch Trials - The Salem Witch Trials was a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry Into the Salem Witch Trials is a historical narrative of the trials written by Marion L. Starkey. The trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century. The author discusses the origin, duration and the aftermath of the incident. It discusses the Puritan negligence towards the emotional needs of the female children involved in the trials and their striving for attention, as well as the harsh reality of sin and evil imposed on Puritan beliefs....   [tags: US history, mass hysteria, hearings & prosecution]
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The Salem Witch Trials - In 1692 everyone was sure that the Devil had come to Salem when young girls started screaming, barking like dogs and doing strange dances in the woods. The Salem Witch Trials originated in the home of Salem's reverend Samuel Parris, who had a slave from the Caribbean named Tibuta. Tibuta would tell stories about witchcraft back from her home. In early 1692 several of Salem's teenage girls began gathering in the kitchen with Tibuta. When winter turned to spring many Salem residents were stunned at the acts and behaviors of Tibuta's young followers....   [tags: teenage girls, witch hunt] 1555 words
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The Salem Witch Trials - During the seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts is a seaport town populated mostly by Puritan colonists who came over from England in the seventeenth century. Beliefs of witchcraft came over with the settlers who, if caught practicing, was punishable by death. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of court cases in 1692 revolving around witchcraft where over hundred people were accused, nineteen were hanged, and one was pressed to death. England had accused people of witchcraft dating back as far as the twelfth century, and it was not until the fourteenth century that they began to arrest and try citizens....   [tags: Massachusetts, Puritans, US history]
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Ergotism, Hysteria, and Disorders Detected in Salem - ... The affected women experienced an inner conflict which was explained by the ministers as a struggle between good and evil. As to the physical symptoms: the fits, trances, and paralyzed limbs, among others, Karlsen attributes them to the afflicted girls’ actual fear of witches as well as the idea that once they fell into an afflicted state they were free to express unacceptable feels without reprisal. The swollen throats, extended tongues, and eyes frozen in peripheral stares were manifestations of the inner rage they felt toward society; they were so upset they literally could not speak....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, the Crucible]
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A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials - The author of this book has proposed an intriguing hypothesis regarding the seventeenth-century witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Laurie Winn Carlson argues that accusations of witchcraft were linked to an epidemic of encephalitis and that it was a specific form of this disease, encephalitis lethargica, that accounts for the symptoms suffered by the afflicted, those who accused their neighbors of bewitching them. Though this interpretation of the Salem episode is fascinating, the book itself is extremely problematic, fraught with historical errors, inconsistencies, contradictions, conjecture, and a very selective use of the evidence....   [tags: New England Witch Trials] 685 words
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Salem Witches and Ergot of Rye - ... Bridget Bishop was accused, because the way that Bishop "was in the propensity of dressing more aesthetically than ladies of the town" likewise helped in vast part to her conviction and execution. The Salem Witch Trials ended, because highly respected citizens started to be accused and executed, such as Rebecca Nurse, George Burroughs, and Giles Corey. Also, evidence was brought to show people that witchcraft was not the factor of the children's’ illness. About Ergot of Rye Ergot of rye is a poisonous condition transformed by consuming grain, grain items, (for example, rye bread), or grasses tainted with ergot parasite or by ceaseless unreasonable utilization of an ergot drug....   [tags: victims, witchcraft]
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Marilynne K. Roach's Six Women of Salem - Before reading historian Marilynne K. Roach’s Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, it must be clear that I hadn’t known much about the Salem Witch Trials besides what knowing they were in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692-93. I only recognized that there were a few unfortunate women who had been accused of being witches, sentenced to their deathbeds, and brutally burned in front of the whole town. After reading Roach’s book, I’ve found out that this thought alone was false because none of the accused were meant to be burned at all but instead the whole town was called out to watch these women being hung....   [tags: salem's accused, salem witch trials]
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Salem Witch Trials Diary - The year was 1692, and I still remember as if it were yesterday. The events that occurred were terrifying for me as I lived in horror not knowing whether I would live or die. “More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, the Devil’s magic, and 20 were executed” (Blumberg). It all started the day Mother decided to take me to the market place. We were desperately trying to get everything together for my birthday. I couldn’t wait for my 16th birthday, but I got more than I bargained for....   [tags: salem witch trial]
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The Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare - During the 1950s, the United States was afraid of the communist party. This caused the U.S. to quickly judge anybody who was assumed to be a communist. A similar story was the struggle John Proctor had. John Proctor lived within a super proper society, with many of the people in it being superstitious with the Witch Trials going on. The Salem Witch Trials were filled with the lies of people being witches that would eventually destroy their reputations. The United States was in a state of scare when they feared that communist agents would come and try to destroy our government system....   [tags: communist party, john proctor, mccarthism]
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The Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - ... When Reverend Hale arrives at Salem, he goes to see what is wrong with Betty. Quickly, Hale concludes that witchcraftery is likely the cause of Betty’s sickness, but he is not officially sure. While Hale was inspecting Betty, Giles Corey, an old landowner, asked Hale a question. Giles was curious about why his wife was reading strange books at night and how it had interrupted his prayers. Later on Hale asks Abigail if they were conjuring spirits, she then says that it was all Tituba's doing....   [tags: hysteria, grudge, foes, trials] 1048 words
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Salem Witch Trials - Salem Witch Trials In 1692 events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts led to the best known witch trial in America. Today these witch trials are known as the Salem Witch Trials. More than two-hundred people were accused of practicing witchcraft. A witch to them was someone who could do harm through magical means, they could curdle milk, hobble animals, and even cause young children to sicken and die (Aronson, Witch Hunt 31). People believed the Salem Witch Trials happened because English rulers started a war with France....   [tags: american history, ] 1021 words
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Factors and Influence of the Salem Witch Trials - The Salem witch trials transpired in the late 1600’s and caused uncertainty and controversy throughout the society. The town of Salem is where most of the trials occurred, and practicing witchcraft, and our American government forced over a dozen citizens to pay with their lives. The witch trials happened because of conflicts dealing with religion, fear, and feuds. The trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of adolescent girls claimed to be possessed by the devil and they accused several local women of witchcraft....   [tags: Hysteria, Giles Corey]
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Exploring Explanations for the Salem Witch Trials - Between the years of 1692 and early 1693 in the colonial Massachusetts Bay colony of Essex known as Salem Village great paranoia broke out in the form of witchcraft accusations, neighbor against neighbor, and as a result much injustice was done. During this time in our nation’s history at this place more than one hundred and fifty people, residents of Salem Village, were accused of practicing witchcraft and consorting with the devil. At least twenty were put to death nineteen by hanging and one man by laying stones on him until his body was crushed under the weight....   [tags: American History, Massachusetts Bay, Puritan] 1322 words
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Salem Witch Trials - The Salem witch trials occurred in Salem, Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. There were over 200 people who were accused of witchcraft, and about twenty were executed. Today, we do not necessarily take as severe of actions on those whom are different, but there are witch hunts occurring every day in our society. Both in the 1600s and today, humans fear the unknown, or unconformity. People take their personal values, and combine them with the values of their society, and “witch hunts” begin to form in the society....   [tags: Eating Disorders, Sexual Orientation]
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Trouble Brewing in Salem - The Salem Witch Trials, a series of horrifying events that occurred over 300 years ago, comprise one of the darkest chapters of American History. They began as two Salem girls lit the spark for a wildfire of hysteria and confusion that would consume the innocence of Salem Village. A year and twenty needless deaths later, the trials were put to a sudden stop. In addition, many theories behind the horror relate to events still taking place in the world today. Although this American tragedy occurred hundreds of years ago, the underlying reasons are still not fully understood....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials, American History]
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Comparing Salem Possessed by Paul Boyer, The Story of the Salem Witch Trials by Bryan Le Beau, and Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol Karlsen - Comparing "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 spread just about as fast as the Black Plague. This epidemic caused chaos among neighbors in a community. The chronology of events describes an awful time for colonists from June 10th to September 22nd of that year. The books "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen all describe these events and provide varying explanations for the epidemic that plagued Sale...   [tags: Salem Witch Trials 1692]
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Who is Responsible for the Salem Tragedy? - ... He thinks reputation is more important to him than standing up to save innocent lives. Next, when pride and arrogance comes in between with one’s intelligence, the effects are often destructive. Danforth proves this through his actions. Throughout the book, he is overconfident. He questions the people (accused) like he already knows that they are guilty. Subsequently, Danforth convicts people based on one’s opinion not fact. He believes that the girls are saying the truth, but he never tries to find evidence or ask the people accused what they have to say before they are hanged....   [tags: mass hysteria, witch trials] 764 words
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The History of Witches and Witchcraft - What do you think when someone calls someone a witch. What comes to mind. Do you think of the movie, ‘Hocus Pocus’ or do you think of the black pointed hats and the long black, slit ended dresses. What about witchcraft. Does the term “Devil worshiper” ever cross your mind. Do you think of potions and spells. For many, many generations, we have underestimated what the true meaning of a witch and what witchcraft really is. What is the history that hides behind it. Witches and witchcraft have been in our history since the ancient times....   [tags: History of Witchcraft, Black Magic]
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Salem Witch Trials - Some people say that the Salem Witch Trials were less a religious persecution than economic in purpose, using religion as a guise to gain property. I believe that the Salem witch trials were less a religious persecution than economical. I believe this for several reasons; one being that the accused witches were using their witchcraft on other people in the town and it was affecting them. Many people were accused of performing witchcraft and were persecuted for doing so. But I believe that people in towns accused others of "witchcraft" whenever something went wrong, because "witchcraft" was such a common thing back than....   [tags: Witch Trials] 1747 words
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Salem Witchcraft - Salem Witchcraft Witchcraft accusations and trials in 1692 rocked the colony of Salem Massachusetts. There are some different views that are offered concerning why neighbors decided to condemn the people around them as witches and why they did what they did to one another. Carol Karlsen in her book The Devil in the Shape of a Woman and Bernard Rosenthal in Salem Story give several factors, ranging from woman hunting to shear malice, that help explain why the Salem trials took place and why they reached the magnitude that they did....   [tags: History Witches Papers]
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Discussion of the Factors and Effects of the Salem Witch Trials - ... was a wealthy landowner in Salem and had many enemies because of land disputes and the loss of control of the village committee. Putnam also had followers including the minister of the Salem Village church, Samuel Parris. After a group took control of the village committee and voted down a tax that would pay the minister’s salary, Parris preached that the villagers had conspired against the church and that the Devil himself was present (Weiser, 2012). This would set the stage for the atrocities that of the Salem witch trials....   [tags: accusers, hysteria, puritans] 603 words
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Puritanism, and The Salem Witch Trials - Puritanism, and The Salem Witch Trials Puritanism refers to the movement of reform, which occurred within the Church of England. It began at the time of the Elizabethan settlement of 1559 and ended at the end of the Rump Parliament with the ascension of Charles II to the British throne in 1660. The American Puritans clearly understood that God's word applies to all of life. Their exemplary lives and faith, contrary to popular myths, are a highpoint of Christian thinking. Puritan legal history specifies some of their loyalties and compromises....   [tags: essays papers]
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Comparing the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism in America - The Salem witch trials and the story of Joseph McCarthy are very similar; they both accused innocent people of doing things that were “bad” at the time. The Salem Witch trials were persecutions of men and woman on account of performing witchcraft. Two girls accused a woman of doing witchcraft and then the accusations continued, people accused other people to relieve their own punishment in a last ditch effort to save their lives, but it was in vein. After the witch trials were over “19 had been killed and an elderly man pressed to death under heavy stones”(Linder)....   [tags: American history] 615 words
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Were The Salem Witch Trials Spurred By Food Poisoning? - In all of human history, people have written about inhuman beings, many of which include gods, demons, wizards, sorcerers, sorceresses, and witches. Nowadays mystical beings are seen everywhere in media. Most of society stopped believing in these creatures years ago, but for 17th-century Salem, witchcraft became a living nightmare (Fremon, 1999). I have studied this topic for years, especially anything pertaining to the Salem Witch Trials. I have read several books and have sources from universities and medical writers....   [tags: Ergot Poisoning]
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Salem Witch Trials - The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, although it started as a commercial enterprise, was highly grounded on religion. As John Winthrop said, they wanted to create a “city upon a hill,” or a utopia where God’s favor could be achieved. To attain this Promised Land, the Puritans devoted themselves to their church life and God. Spending hours at service every day, the Puritans were a closely-knit community due to the power of the church. Whenever any problem in the community emerged, the Puritans looked to the church to give them an answer....   [tags: History massachusetts Witch Trials] 1148 words
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Witchcraft Hysteria in Salem - Between the mid-16th century and the early 17th centuries, immigrants branched from the Church of England, and absconded to America to construct a religion that “…steer[ed] the church toward a more Protestant, Calvinistic theology, and purge[d] the church of all remnants of Catholicism.” (Salisbury) These settlers were quick to become known as Puritans as they wanted to “…purify the Church of England.” (Salisbury) To the Puritans, souls were tainted in the eyes of God until they proved themselves pure....   [tags: british history, church]
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Causes Of The Salem Witch Craft Trials - Witchcraft, Insanity, and the Ten Signs of Decay Since there never was a spurned lover stirring things up in Salem Village, and there is no evidence from the time that Tituba practiced Caribbean black magic, yet these trials and executions actually still took place, how can you explain why they occurred. The Salem Witchcraft Trials began not as an act of revenge against an ex-lover, as they did in The Crucible, but as series of seemingly unlinked, complex events, which a paranoid and scared group of people incorrectly linked....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The McCarthy Era and the Salem Witch Trials - The McCarthy Era and the Salem Witch Trials The McCarthy era is very similar to the Salem Witch trials. They are both similar, because they both dealt with hysteria. Hysteria is an uncontrollable fear or outburst of emotion. Both things had to do with people accusing each other of people being communist, and people being witches. The McCarthy era, took place in the twentieth century. It had to do with people thinking that other people were communist. Since people thought that others were communist, they accused them of committing communism....   [tags: Psychology, Social Issues, Persuasive] 375 words
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