A Summary Of The Salem Witch Trials

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In the sixteenth century, witchcraft accusations were more prevalent and somewhat common than they are in modern society. One of the most popular witch hunts of American History of the sixteenth century, that has received popularity amongst modern culture and scholars, was the Salem witch hunts otherwise known as the Salem witch trials of 1692. But, Salem was not the only town in New England that had witch trials in 1692. Richard Godbeer’s book, “Escaping Salem, The Other Witch Hunt of 1692,” is one of the very few books that talks about the other witch trials that took place in New England. By comparing Stamford to Salem, Godbeer argues that Stamford’s witch trials were more typical of legal witch accusations in Colonial America; Salem’s trials were an anomaly. What made Stamford typical was the local Magistrates insistence on following the letter of the law which made proving witchcraft very difficult. In June 1692, a few months after the…show more content…
And to make it even worse, if something strange were to happen after the arguments, such as a cattle becoming ill, then the woman was for sure to be a witch. For example, Elizabeth Clawson confronted Abigail Wescot for accusing her of being a liar which gave reason for Wescot to accuse Clawson of being a witch. Mercy Disborough had also gotten into an argument with a townsman whom she sold kettle to. The townsman accused Disborough of being a witch because the kettle he bought from her was brand new once he bought it but once he got home it was old and spoiled. The townsman went back to Disborough and demanded that she give him his money back, but Disborough refused and denied that she had anything to do with the kettle being rotten which led to her being accused of being a witch. So we can easily see how it was so easy to accuse a woman of being a

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