Top 3 Reasons the Citizens Accuse Others of Witchcraft

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There are many reasons why the people of Salem accused people of being witches. According to the transcripts some theories are that “the girls did it for fun”, they did it to cause mass hysteria, or to have revenge on others in the small village (The Salem Witchcraft Papers).We do not know exactly what happened, but we have clues to what may have happened. Researchers have found what may have started the bewitching, there is a theory that fights between the merchants and the citizens sparked the accusations (In Search of History). The transcripts have given us additional information on the witch trials in Salem Village in 1692 (Schanzer 17). The first accusers were Abigail Williams and her cousin Betty (Schanzer, 28). They accused Tituba for using witchcraft with Abigail and Betty, secretly. Later, Tituba confessed about “being a witch,” because they beat her, but if she didn’t she wouldn’t have been able to be sold as a slave (Schanzer 86).People claim that the girls accused the citizens of the village for sport, or fun. Ergot poisoning was also a thought (Schanzer 109). The two girls started the domino effect of denouncing innocent people of bewitching others. The first reason people accused others was to take their money and belongings if they were hanged (. Some people may have been poor, so if you were to accuse a wealthy person, then you could get their furnishings. Slowly, the accused, accused people so they could live in a better part of the jail. The jurors could take other peoples’ property when they were sentenced to death. The second reason would be that maybe the people actually had a disease or was sick. There are rumors that there could have been ergot poisoning, which is a fungus in rye. According to the book W... ... middle of paper ... ...ited "A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials." Smithsonian. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. . "Salem Witch Trials - 1692 Salem - Religion and Witchcraft -" Salem Witch Trials - 1692 Salem - Religion and Witchcraft - Web. 04 Apr. 2014. . "The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692." The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. Web. 03 Apr. 2014. . "Salem's Most Visited Museum." Salem Witch Museum. Web. 04 Apr. 2014. . Schanzer, Rosalyn. Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2011. Print.
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