Side Effects Of The Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials were a series of gruesome trials that began in Salem Massachusetts in 1692 and lasted until 1693. During that year, more than 200 Salem residents were accused and convicted of witchcraft, 19 of whom were hung for the crime (List of 5…). This was a bloody time for Salem that left many of its citizens broken and scared. Although the main cause for these trials seems to be fear from breaking the Partisan religion, Greed and revenge come in a close second. Not to mention, cold weather and disease which contributed highly to the outcome of the trials. It is imperative to recognize the mistakes of the citizens of Salem to ensure that such unjust trials never again happen. Not only that, but the trials show a purpose to continue to build a better government from the corrupted Partisan government of Salem. During the 1600s, religion was very flagrant and widely…show more content…
Traces of poison found in the citizens of Salem may have affected the way the people perceived situations. When crops were grown, some of them, mainly rye, had some fungal bacteria, referred to as ergot, on their exterior (Brooks). As a result, people would use the rye in cooking and meals therefore consuming the bacteria. The side effects of this fungal bacteria included hallucinations and spasms much like the women displayed in the Salem Witch Trials. Another very prominent medical condition during the Salem Witch Trials was known as mass hysteria. Mass hysteria is diagnosed when a patient experiences false illusions and hallucinations of unreal threats, which most women involved in the trials are predicted to have experienced (Wolchover). Researchers believe that it was the slave, Tituba, who created this mass hysteria and started the witch trials after she herself was accused and confessed that she was working for the Devil
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