The Salem Witch Trials was the biggest American witch hunt ever. There were 19 people that were killed and hung as witches. The witch hunt started in a small farming community of Salem. At one point there was 150 people in prison for being accused. There was one man that was pressed to death with stones because he didn't confess.
Of those reported cases, fifteen had ended in execution. Thirty years later between June and September in 1692, another nineteen men and women had been convicted of witchcraft and was sentenced to death by hanging. Though all the hysteria at the time, hundreds of others were faced with accusations and many imprisoned without trials for months. Earlier experiences and peoples beliefs around witchcraft set the stage for the witch trial of 1692. Lots of precedence was already established.
When Abigail finds out that John is in jail she steels from her uncle and bribes the guard with 30 pounds for John and herself to go to Boston, but sadly in her case John turns down her offer and unfortunately is brought to her death, now the audience see she is the real villain and who the hero is (The choice is yours) Not long, after the fever died, revered Samuel Parris was voted out from office, and was never seen or head of again. The legend has it that Abigail William's trued up later as a prostitute in Boston and died as a prostitute. Twenty years after the last hangings the government awarded compensation to the victims still living and to the families of the dead. Elizabeth Proctor married again, four years after John Proctor's death.
INTRODUCTION The infamous Salem Witch Trials began in late February of 1692 after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. The accusations caused a wave of mass hysteria throughout colonial Massachusetts. The people of Salem accused more than 160 men, women, and children of practicing witchcraft, also known as the Devil’s magic. Most of the accused persons faced imprisonment, while others lost property and legal rights. A special court convened in Salem to hear the cases, leading to the execution of twenty people, most of them women, and two dogs.
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were one of the worst events in pre-US history. Hundreds of people were imprisoned, and 20-40 people died. The girls who accused the people were ruthless and lied in court. The accused witches had no way to be declared innocent. I believe the accused witches were innocent.
Nineteen innocent people are hanged on the signature of Deputy Governor Danforth, who has the authority to try, convict, and execute anyone he deems appropriate. However, we as readers sense little to no real malice in Danworth. Rather, ignorance and fear plague him. The mass hysteria brought about by the witchcraft scare in The Crucible leads to the upheaval in people’s differentiation between right and wrong, fogging their sense of true justice. When Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in the early 1950’s, the United States was experiencing a modern “witch hunt” of its own.
Arthur Miller based The Crucible upon the seventeenth century witch hunts that took place in the community of Salem – a small Puritan colony near Boston, Massachusetts. At that time Salem was a theocracy in which Christian moral was interpreted by the citizens as supreme. Miller this play as an allegory for Senator Joe McCarthy and his notorious “Red Scare” hearings of the twentieth century which accused many high-profile Americans of being dissident communist. In both situations people were being accused of heinous crimes with not much proof. Miller begins the action early in the year of 1692 when a collection of girls from the colony fall victim to supposed hallucinations and seizures after dancing in the forest with a black female slave named Tituba.
“The contagion would engulf at least twenty-two Massachusetts villages, culminating in the arrest of over one hundred and fifty people. Fifty-nine were tried, thirty–one convicted, and nineteen hanged (Foulds vi-vii).” Women were the majority of the accused, because in that time witchcraft was mostly a female perversity. The over one-hundred and fifty accused in 1692 were from all backgrounds, ages and genders. “Persons who scoffed at accusations of witchcraft risked becoming targets of accusations themselves (Linder).” Documents tracing the origins of the witch hunt have led to one individual, Elizabeth “Betty” Parris, daughter of Reverend Samuel Parris. After giving one of his spirited sermons, Betty and her cousin Abigail Williams, began to act strangely.
The salem witch trials were a crucial part of the 1600’s at some point. As many people know, several people were put to death because of the trials. Judge Sewall, being in an important state of power decided what would happen to the people who were being accused. Miraculously, Judge Sewall’s journal was found which contained several entries that involved the Salem witch trials. In Judge Sewall’s apology, he admits his wrong doing of putting an end to the lives of innocent people.
The Salem witch trials happened in Colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were suspected of being involved with witchcraft or the “Devil's magic” and more than 19 were executed. Ultimately, the society confessed the trials were an inaccuracy and remunerated the families of those who were found guilty. Since then, the tale of the trials has become indistinguishable with fear and discrimination, and it remains to lure the general mind more than 300 years later. These rare trials intensely change the way that people look at their world.