Causes Of The Salem Witch Trials

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In the small town of Salem, Massachusetts the fear of devil worshipers and witchcraft spread through the town like wild fire. In the years of 1692 and 1963 men and women accused of witchcraft were gathered up and imprisoned or killed. 200 men, women, and children were accused of witchcraft and there were at least 20 deaths . The majority were hung but there was one man that was pressed to death, and four known deaths in prisons. The rest of the accused were thrown in jail for months with out trials . The Salem Witch Trials were brought up by the belief of the supernatural, a recent smallpox epidemic, and fears from being attacked from the Native Americans, and longstanding rivalry with other town’s people. They were also fueled by their fear of outsiders and the suspicions and resentment of their neighbors. The trials were the start of something bigger that happened. The events that took place in Salem in 1692 are a part of a greater pattern throughout our history to persecute innocent people, especially women, as "witches."
According to the history channel there was a story where three young women were accused of witchcraft. They were brought in front of the magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne who questioned them. on the day of the trial the accusers were screaming and withering in pain yet two of the three withes pled not guilty . While the last women pled guilty likely thinking that she would save herself from conviction by ratting out the other people. This brought on hysteria that spread through the community and on to the rest of Massachusetts. Soon the witch accusations started to overwhelm the local justice system so their was no focus on the other crimes that occurred in the towns. In May of 1962 the new appoin...

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...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 being the first victims of these horrible crimes to then spreading to almost everyone being accused. The trials destroyed many families and even though when the trails ended and they tried to right their wrongs the town was still not the same. The Salem witch trials were a terrible event in our history. The killing of innocent people over misconceptions and insecurities much like the holocaust was. Even though the holocaust was a bigger event then the trials. The trials were still terrible. This all might have been avoided if the town’s supply of rye did not have ergot fungus on it. The town’s people would have had delusions, vomiting, and muscle spasms. The witch trials will always be an event in our history.
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