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Section A: Plan of Investigation The Salem Witch Trials which occurred from 1692 to 1693, has been a major research topic for historians throughout the years. Even though there were less than 30 people massacred by this event, this circumstance lead to considerable changes in the American way of living and government. To understand the situation, one must examine different perspectives, this investigation thus, will focus specifically on economic motivations for the Salem Witch Trials while analyzing the subject and the one that will be covered within this work will be the economic situation. To answer this, research was done by examining memoirs, secondary sources such as books, academic papers and the writings of economic historians. The three main sources focus mostly in the personal lives of the victims as well as the economic development during the time and as such, will be referenced thoroughly. By going from a general point of view to a specific point of view, the historical knowledge combined with the focused research, gave the necessary information to answer why did economic motives influenced the results of the Salem Witch Trials. Section B: Summary of Evidence During the time of the Salem Witch Trials, indian attacks were a predicament which caused much instability, most notably economic (Foulds, 2010). Due to the frequent indian raids in the village, wealth was highly volatile. This previous situation, allowed for the transfer of property that often went to the female of the home, if the husband were to die. Accusers such as Richard Carrier and Sarah Churchill, managed to end up with properties that weren’t owned previously after the trials were done (Foulds, 2010) hence making reference to the easy way wealth flu... ... middle of paper ... ...teria to happen as well. As seen and proved by the different sources, even if some of the victims were beggars and led a different lifestyle than that of the Puritans, most of the victims held large properties of land or were prosperous in their business, while others were role citizens. The economic situation was unstable and competition was fierce, and so witchcraft accusation proved to be an incentive to secure personal resources and/or a sphere of influence. It is also highly debatable whether religion only served with a “dutiful” purpose, or if the ministers forwent their role as community helpers and decided to develop a stronger monopoly. Nonetheless, in a time where the pillars of power equalled having a stable economic life, the end did justified the means, at least according to those who did the accusations and never saw an immediate drawback because of it.

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