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Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693 was a tragic set of events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts (Salem is now Danvers, Massachusetts.) It began with a “witchcraft craze” from 1300-1600 in Europe, when thousands of people were murdered, accused of performing witchcraft, the devil’s magic. In January of 1692, Reverend Samuel Parris’ daughter, Betty Parris, and niece, Abigail Williams, began behaving strangely, including screaming, throwing things, making strange noises, and putting themselves into weird positions. A doctor suggested that the girls had been afflicted with witchcraft. Ann Putnam also had similar symptoms. Three women were accused of hurting these girls: Sarah Osborne, Sarah Good, and Tituba, the Parris’ Barbadian slave. The ladies were questioned, with trials starting on March 1, 1692. Good and Osborne claimed to be innocent. Tituba, on the other hand, confessed of being a witch. She explained she had seen strange animals, such as black dogs, and red cats. Tituba claimed a man wanted her to sign his book, which she admitted to signing. The slave confirmed there were other witches, like herself. Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne were found guilty and put in jail. It was no surprise that Bridget Bishop was accused of being a witch. Being known as the girl who dressed inappropriately and got into many fights was not a good reputation to have. Bishop had the most accusers out of any of the accused witches. During her trials, when she looked at the girls who accused her, they would fall down, like they had been pushed. Bishop was found guilty, and was the first person to be hanged on what was known as Gallows Hill on the morning of June 10. Rebecca Nurse was a respected person of the Salem community. Peopl... ... middle of paper ... ...gotten. Works Cited Aronson, Marc. Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003. Blumberg, Jess. "A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials." Smithsonian Magazine. 24 Oct. 2007. 28 Oct. 2013 . Brooks, Rebecca B. "History of Massachusetts." History of Massachusetts. 10 Nov. 2013 . Lewis, Jone J. "Martha Corey." About.com Women's History. 08 Nov. 2013 . Linder, Douglas. "An Account of the Salem Witchcraft Investigations, Trials, and Aftermath." 01 Nov. 2013 . Martin, Michael, and Brian Bascle. The Salem Witch Trials. Mankato, MN: Capstone P, 2005.
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