The Witchcraft Accusations
The deeply rooted fear of the Salem populous during the 17th century showed that their beliefs and religion played a very big part in day to day life. Law, logic, and reason all seemed to have their foundation in religion. The main downfall with their faith first mentality is shown by the inherent misdirection caused by paranoia in the masses. In 1692 Salem Massachusetts bias, prejudice, superstition, and selfishness prevailed:
"Belief in magic, astrology, and witchcraft was widespread in [the] seventeenth-century....God's will [was defined as] such events as lightning that struck one house but spared another, and epidemics that reduced the population of their Indian enemies." (Foner, 2012. pg. 111-12).
War was also a major part of Colonial Salem life. A battle between the...
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...mmitment among prominent colonists to finding scientific explanations for natural events like comets and illnesses, rather than attributing them to magic.”(Foner, 2012, pg 112-113). As a result, science and logic would soon prevail in the American legal system. Out of the ashes of the wrongfully executed rose change and progress.
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