Salem Witches and Ergot of Rye

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Salem Witches and Ergot of Rye While researching texts written about the Salem Witch Trials, I found a few authors who published articles and books about the Salem Witch Trials. These authors often showed that the most likely cause of the fits coming from the victims was produced by ergot of rye. However, I could not find much discussion about another important source of the fits’ cause: witchcraft. My goal in this paper is to produce a convincing argument that the victims during the Salem Witch Trials that experienced strange behaviors came from ergot of rye rather than witchcraft. To achieve this goal, I have organized my paper into four main sections. In the first section, I provide an account of what happened during the 17th century Salem Witch Trials. In the second section, I explain what happens during the existence of ergot of rye in a human and the effects it has on people. The third section includes an explanation of what community rye was during the Salem Wi tch era and what it did to each victim. The fourth section concludes the paper. About the Salem Witch Trials Victims The notorious Salem witch trials started throughout the spring of 1692, after a gathering of youngsters in Salem Village, Massachusetts, asserted to be controlled by the fallen angel and blamed a few neighborhood ladies for witchcraft. As a wave of craziness spread all around provincial Massachusetts, an uncommon court assembled in Salem to hear the cases; the initially sentenced witch, Bridget Bishop, was hanged that June. Eighteen others took after Bishop to Salem's Gallows Hill, while exactly 150 more men, ladies and kids were blamed throughout the following a few months. By September 1692, the craziness had started to lessen and popular s... ... middle of paper ... ...wnet/secrets/previous_seasons/case_salem/clues.html>. "Bad Rye and the Salem Witches." • Damn Interesting. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. . "No. 1037: Rye Ergot and Witches." No. 1037: Rye Ergot and Witches. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. . "Ergot of Rye: History." Ergot of Rye: History. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. . "Were The Salem Witch Trials Spurred By Food Poisoning?." GreenMedInfo. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. . "Salem Witch Trials: The Fungus Theory." Neatorama. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. .

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