During the time of the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, more than twenty people died an innocent death. All of those innocent people were accused of one thing, witchcraft. During 1692, in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts many terrible events happened. A group of Puritans lived in Salem during this time. They had come from England, where they were prosecuted because of their religious beliefs. They chose to come live in America and choose their own way to live. They were very strict people, who did not like to act different from others. They were also very simple people who devoted most of their lives to God. Men hunted for food and were ministers. Women worked at home doing chores like sewing, cooking, cleaning, and making clothes. The Puritans were also very superstitious. They believed that the devil would cause people to do bad things on earth by using the people who worshiped him. Witches sent out their specters and harmed others. Puritans believed by putting heavy chains on a witch, that it would hold down their specter. Puritans also believed that by hanging a witch, all the people the witch cast a spell on would be healed. Hysteria took over the town and caused them to believe that their neighbors were practicing witchcraft. If there was a wind storm and a fence was knocked down, people believed that their neighbors used witchcraft to do it. Everyone from ordinary people to the governor’s wife was accused of witchcraft. Even a pregnant woman and the most perfect puritan woman were accused. No one in the small town was safe. As one can see, the chaotic Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 were caused by superstition, the strict puritan lifestyle, religious beliefs, and hysteria. Puritan Lifestyle was one ... ... middle of paper ... ...in their family to become sick and possibly die. Many people were accused of witchcraft. More than twenty people died all together. One person was flattened to death because he was accused of witchcraft. When people were accused they had to go to jail, which the conditions were terrible. Then, they had to get a trial from the Court of Oyer and Terminer. After an accused witch had their trial, and went to jail, they would be carted off to Gallows Hill. This was the hill where all the witches were hanged. After a witch was hanged, later that night, their family would usually take the body down and give it a proper burial. The Salem Witchcraft Trials were one of the most terrible times in the history of America. As you can see the chaotic Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692 were caused by superstition, the strict puritan lifestyle, religious beliefs, and hysteria.
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In January of 1692 in the town of Salem, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Parris, daughter of Reverend Parris, his niece Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam Jr. fell into a trance-like state experiencing convulsions and screaming. Physicians were called in to examine the girls but they could not find a cause for the behavior that they were undergoing. Since the physicians along with everyone else in the community could not find anything physically wrong with the girls, they came to the conclusion that it must be the work of Satan, thus beginning the Salem Witch Trials.
The Salem witch trials unfairly convicted many innocent people. After girls started saying they saw these people with the devil they were accusing everyone.They started accusing everyone of witchcraft they believed the girls without any evidence just by what the lying girls say. The whole town was terrified because a lot of people had already been accused of witchcraft. Over 200 people were convicted of witchcraft. Many people were hanged or because they thought they were witches or had connections with the devil.You would hear people saying the devil is loose in salem.
To start off, the Puritan society blamed misfortune on the supernatural and this created the perfect environment for mass hysteria, which lead to the Salem witch trials. The people of Salem were paranoid and suspicious of the smallest issues. Their way life was very strict, and even small
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The Salem Witch Trials began in the spring of 1692 in the small village of Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witch Trials began because some young girls claimed to be possessed by the devil. More than 150 people where accused to witchcraft, and twenty people died.The Salem Witch Trials were famous, many innocent people were accused of being witches, and many innocent people were killed.