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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

- Accusations of witchcraft ran rampant in the 17th century colonial settlements in the United States. The individuals accused, mostly women, were put on trial and punished, if found guilty. The most well-known of such cases on public record are the Salem Witch Trials. Between February, 1692 and May, 1693, hearings and prosecutions were set up to deal with those accused of dabbling in the dark arts in the cities of Andover, Salem, and Ipswich, all in Massachusetts Bay. These trials came to commonly be referred to as the Salem Witch Trials because some of the most notorious cases were heard in the Oyer and Terminer courts in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

- ... Suspicions of witchcraft originally came to Salem when a description of a woman who was suspected of being a witch was given in a popular book, and the people thought the behavior Betty Parris exhibited was reflective of the woman in the book. Betty’s father, Samuel, called a doctor to analyze the girls for illnesses, but the doctor could not find anything wrong with them, and then he suggested that the girls may be bewitched. After the doctor visited, a neighbor of the Parris’s suggested to their slave to make a witch cake to help counteract the girls’ afflictions, and Tituba, who was also known to tell the girls myths from her homeland, became a target of suspicion....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

- Do you want your life resting in the words of your worst enemy. Before the formation of the American legal system, accusations determined outcomes. In the late 1600’s the Puritans in New England were just starting to build civil resolutions to village disputes. A notable conflict was based on their strong belief in the devil and witchcraft creating an atmosphere of fear and suspicion. Instead of seeking justice of those accused of witchcraft, the inexperienced magistrates were led to presume guilt simply because of odd behavior....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

- ... Ergot is generally quite localized--it may be in absolute abundance in one place, but just a couple of miles away there will be no sign of it. Ergot poisoning affects the nervous system; common symptoms include painful contortions, muscle spasms, delusions, and hallucinations. Quite probably, ergot poisoning caused the fits of hysteria. These facts help authenticate this theory: the afflicted people lived in a small geographical region—the western part of Salem Village; the climate of the summer in 1691 led to perfect conditions for an infestation of ergot; also, the symptoms of ergot poisoning match perfectly with the symptoms the accused witches’ symptoms (K-Z)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Jury, Salem]

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The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

- ... The girls exhibited erratic behavior far beyond what any ten year old could display own their own. While they were not under demonic possession, they did not have control over their minds, or their bodies. People with schizophrenia often complain of hearing voices and seeing things that are not there. A modern case of schizophrenia caused a young girl named Jani to meticulously drag her nails down her skin to ‘get the bugs off.’(Caba). Williams easily could have experienced something similar while clawing at the spirits she thought were haunting her....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Samuel Parris, Schizophrenia]

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The Salem Witch Trials Essay

- ... The people of Salem believed that those who partook in witchcraft spoke with Satan and demons leading them to believe that those with convulsive ergotism were seeing and speaking with the devil not realizing that it was just a disease from the contaminated rye that made them see strange hallucinations as well as act strangely. Another cause for the Salem Witch Trials was neighbors and spouses with past arguments. When people started hearing about witchcraft and people being tried for it, this gave the people the idea to accuse the others of witchcraft when they only had arguments over things like property disputes or arguments within a congregation ("Causes of the Salem Witchcraft Trial...   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials Essay

- ... The people of Salem believed that those who partook in witchcraft spoke with Satan and demons leading them to believe that those with convulsive ergotism were seeing and speaking with the devil not realizing that it was just a disease from the contaminated rye that made them see strange things as well as act strangely. Another cause for the Salem Witch Trials was neighbors and spouses with their past arguments. When people started hearing about witch craft and people being tried for it, this gave the people the idea to accuse the others of witchcraft when they only had arguments over things like property disputes or arguments within a congregation ("Causes of the Salem Witchcraft Trials...   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

- In the sixteenth century, witchcraft accusations were more prevalent and somewhat common than they are in modern society. One of the most popular witch hunts of American History of the sixteenth century, that has received popularity amongst modern culture and scholars, was the Salem witch hunts otherwise known as the Salem witch trials of 1692. But, Salem was not the only town in New England that had witch trials in 1692. Richard Godbeer’s book, “Escaping Salem, The Other Witch Hunt of 1692,” is one of the very few books that talks about the other witch trials that took place in New England....   [tags: Witchcraft, Salem witch trials, Witch-hunt, Magic]

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Research On The Salem Witch Trials

- ... John Hale, was an egg white in a glass of water. This was a commonly known device in New England at the time, and it was condemned by the Puritans as a demonic practice. According to the Rev. Hale, one of the girls saw a "specter in the likeness of a coffin" in the glass, and she and another girl fell into fits. Tituba did not confess to the teaching of fortune telling; she confessed to signing the Devil 's book, flying in the air upon a pole, seeing a cats wolves, birds, and dogs, and pinching or choking some of the "afflicted" girls....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible]

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The Crucible By The Salem Witch Trials

- ... The same was true for the slave, Tituba” (p. 10). The people in Salem believed all three of these women were witches due to two reasons: all of the teenage girls named all three of them either in one of their fits or calmy afterwards and secondly, due to the beggar, widow, and slave being social outcasts. This shows the people in Salem believed whatever the teenage girls told them in hopes of getting rid of the “fits” they were having. There were many other ways the townspeople determined if someone was a witch or not other than just believing the teenage girls....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

- Year 1692, Hundreds of people, accused with the conviction of witchcraft, stoned to death, or in confinement with no justice trials. “From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging” (The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692) What caused the mass hysteria and disaster of Salem; for, the answer is unknown. Yet, many events and factors had contributed to the accusations, the punishments, and the confessions of the sentenced....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Controversy Of The Salem Witch Trials

- The citizens of Massachusetts Bay Colony were undoubtedly aware of the warnings of Scripture against witchcraft. For example, Leviticus 19:31 states, “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” Other scriptures also warn against witchcraft. Yet, in the years 1692 to 1693, witchcraft was certainly on their minds. During that time, the mysterious circle of girls was a questionable day by day occurrence. The other girls in the community that were not accepted into the circle felt left out....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan]

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Mccarthyism And The Salem Witch Trials

- Alyssa Zito Ms. Bowman Honors American History 23 October 2014 McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials are two points in American History when citizens were accused by other people out of a fear of something they did not have an explanation for. Widespread, irrational fear during both these times played on the American psyche and caused mass panic. These were horrible times in history and resulted in many different thoughts that played on people’s brains and caused issues throughout the country....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials : Witchcraft

- ... The Puritans believed in witches and witchcraft, but thought it was a sin to practice it because you summoned the Devil, and asked him to help you harm others. Two people who played a very influential part in the Salem witch trials were Betty Parris and Abigail Williams. Betty was the daughter of Samuel Parris, and Abigail was his niece. Samuel Parris was the town’s minister. During this time reading and having reading groups were very popular, since playing outside was not likely because of the Puritans dislike for the woods....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials By Arthur Miller

- The Salem Witch Trials. This period in history is known for its witch craziness and it Paranormal fear. This is the period that the author Arthur Miller, from the cold war area that he based his story, “The Crucible” A fictional play on the Salem witch trials. He wrote the play to compare to the cold war communist accusations during the period he lived in. The play is basically about the witch trials during that time in history. The Crucible Witch Trials were very much based their evidence on spectral evidence and eyewitness accounts....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials Of Salem

- The Salem witch trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. It was an outbreak of one Puritan accusing another, hearings, trials, and executions of the people found guilty of witchcraft. One day, three teenage girls claimed to be possessed and were throwing violent fits consisting of vomiting, choking and hallucinations. Were they just bored, or was something really going on. The Puritan society was very patriarchal meaning their society relied heavily on the men in the families. The eldest male in a family was the head of the house and held all of the power, leaving the women to raise the children and teach them about God....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Satan]

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The Salem Witch Trials Essay

- ... Those that were accusing others had a lot of power in the village while those who were being accused had little to no power. The first person accused in the trials was Tituba who was a slave. She was sent to jail right after she was accused because she had such a low status in society. At the end of the trials when the villagers realized how wrong they were and felt ashamed of what they were doing, they released those who weren’t executed, including Tituba and asked for forgiveness for the horrible misunderstanding (P., Shaunak)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Torture]

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The Salem Witch Trials Essay

- ... Ann Putnam Jr. was one who often made accusations of her family being “witches”, which started a rather large feud among her family. This is said to be one of the major causes of the Salem Witch Trials (causes). A woman by the name of Sarah Good was also accused of witchcraft. Sarah was merely a homeless beggar who often would seek shelter and food from her neighbors. She was accused due to her “appalling reputation” and the fact that she would “scorn children” instead of leading them on the path of salvation and showing them what was right (causes)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials Essay

- ... This group or council could consist of no more than five men and was elected yearly at the town general meeting these men assessed all taxes on the people for the upkeep of the ministry. A question many people of Salem Village began to ask was should you have to be a member of the church of the village or just be a taxpayer to be placed on the council. Thus making the city become highly factionalized and very quarrelsome as many wanted to become completely autonomous and others who had deep ties to the town didn’t want or care for this autonomy as they were more directly connected to the town of Salem either through the church or economically....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Evidence Of The Salem Witch Trials

- ... In 1702, the General Court declared the trials unlawful, and the reputations of those accused were restored, signaling the end of witchcraft hysteria in America.(cite) Historian Perry Miller proposed that the root of these puzzling events could be traced back to anxiety over the “radical” nature of Puritan faith and its impact on the populace 's belief in superstitious elements.(cite) As unraveling communities formed after Western migrations drifted from the New England way of thinking, tensions brewed throughout Colonial British America....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Crucible By The Salem Witch Trials

- Twenty people executed, two hundred or more jailed, and the whole town of Salem in hysteria. Lasting two years, the Salem Witch Trials not only tore families apart, but killed many along the way as well. People were jailed from the reasoning of the court with no legitimate evidence. This historical time, in 1692-1693 was one of the most insane and violent periods that people living in small towns and villages experienced. In both Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Lisa Rowe Fraustino’s I Walk in Dread, hysteria, the Salem Witch Trials, and Mccarthyism are featured as main topics that create a similarity of themes....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Salem Witch Trials Essay

- ... The final social origin that Reed covers is the interest group, which is a group that manipulates people as to gain more power for their beliefs (Reed, 2015, para. 7). The Salem Witch Trials was a combination of the three origins, with the ongoing war in Maine, the uncertainty of the colony’s future, the failures of several leaders in the war, and an attempt for ministers to reassert their power of the colony it a majority of people felt as if this was more than a stroke of bad luck. He then expands on media’s role in developing and supporting moral panics whether it be on purpose or accident....   [tags: Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem witch trials]

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Salem Witch Trials And The Crucible

- Beginning in the spring of 1692, the infamous Salem Witch Trials started after young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed by the devil. These trials resulted in more than 200 people being accused of witchcraft, with twenty being killed. The accusations of local women of witchcraft caused hysteria to spread throughout the town. Still to this day the cause or reason for the madness is perplexing. 1692 was not the first year New England had experience with witch trials; the colonial town, Salem, was the first town where more than one or two people were punished as alleged witches....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Samuel Parris]

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The Salem Witch Trials And The Mccarthy Trials

- Wiccaphobia During the 1690’s in Salem, Massachusetts, one of the most disgraceful events in American history took place. 20 innocent people were sentenced to death on charges of witchcraft (Kortuem). At the time there was a witch scare sweeping across the North East of America in a time we know today as the Salem Witch Trials. The witch trials was one of the most shameful events in American history. In fact, it was compared to another event by a man named Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller was a playwright from New York who wrote many famous plays like Death of a Salesman, All my Sons, and of course The Crucible (Kortuem)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Salem Witch Trials Essay

- ... It was estimated that, about 65 percent of accusers were part of one or more convent churches. On a contrary, about 89 percent of the accused were not church members (Ray, “Satan’s War against the Covenant” 89, 91). There was one claim by historians that, the accusers were conservative farmer class people from the west side of Salem village, while the accused were high-class merchants of the west (Ray, “The Salem Witch Mania” 54). Whereas, most studies verified that the accusers and the accused were not geographically distinguished from each other, instead, they were distributed among different parts of Salem village (Ray, “Satan’s War against the Covenant” 72)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Samuel Parris]

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Salem Witch Trials : Facts And Summary

- Salem Witch Trials One infamous part of American history, was the Salem witch trials of the year 1692. This led to the results of the execution of a group of young girls in Salem, Massachusetts (“The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692”). During this time fourteen women and a total of five men ended up being accused of being involve with witchcraft and possessed by the devil (“Salem Witch Trials - Facts & Summary”). Not only did the fourteen women and five men put to death, but one eight other people die in prison waiting got trial (“The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692”)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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Titub Salem Witch Trials

- Tituba: Salem’s Resident Witch The Salem Witch Trials were a monumental moment in American history. They began in Salem in 1692 when two girls and a village slave named Tituba attempted to look into their futures (“Salem witchcraft trials” - American History). Shortly after, the village girls began to behave in a peculiar manner by crawling under things and making abnormal noises. Eventually, the girls started to screech exclaiming that they were being tortured (“Salem witchcraft trials”- World Book Advanced)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Sarah Good, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials : Historians, And People

- ... Bloodshed, death, and loss of homes became an accepted, but loathed event. The Wabanaki’s who would later attack Saco once lived peacefully as farmers, but impending conflict between English settlers and Native Americans would sever the ties. The Wabanaki Indians attack Saco, a small town in Maine in 1680. Amongst the residents, there is the Churchill family. The house was surrounded by the Wabanaki Indians. Not only was the house surrounded, but the Indians shot at the house upon seeing any movement....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials : A Horrible Event

- ... “During Tituba’s confession, she talked of red rats, talking cats, and a tall man in black” (Sutter). She claimed the tall man made her sign his book, and the other girls had to sign the book as well. Tituba might have thought she was guilty because she was involved in witchcraft and other bad things. After her confession she was taken to the Boston jail as well as Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne (Sutter). The executions were terrible and should never have occurred, ever. Bridget Bishop was the first person to be executed....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- During the late 1600s when the Puritan church was at its climax in New England there was an episode that occurred which would cause controversy up until the 21st century. This event would take place due to the odd behaviors of several adolescent girls that claimed three women were tormenting them. These women would be known by the name of: Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne. As soon as the girl confessed these names of “Satan’s servants” the authorities immediately apprehended them. They were then taken and trialed by a jury that would determine their culpability which would sentence them to be hanged....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Religion]

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The Mass Hysteria Of Salem Witch Trials

- There were many major controversies throughout history. The Salem Witch Trials was one of those major catastrophes. The Trials caused panic and hysteria throughout Salem. Many innocent people died or went to jail for being accused a witch. People who were considered to be their friends or neighbors were turning on them accusing them of witchcraft. This event caused problems with trust and paranoia between many people. Turns out that the Salem Witch Trials were just a hoax after all. The mass hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials began in early 1692....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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The Witches During The Salem Witch Trials

- ... For Henry Herrick and Jonathan Batchelor, their cows magically disappeared a few weeks later (Document 25). The deaths of the cows cannot logically be blamed on Sarah Good. Disease was prominent during this time period and the cows could have easily died without the help of Sarah Good and someone could have easily wandered off. William Barker Sr. confessed that he signed the Devil’s book and that he been scheming against his three accusers. In result of him “confessing”, William Baker was put in prison where he begged for forgiveness from God and renounced his work with the Devil (Document 76)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Mccarthyism, And The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

- In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy gave a speech at the Republican Women’s Club of Wheeling in West Virginia, in which he claimed to have a list of 205 Communists in the State Department. A man by the name of Arthur Miller saw some similarities between this event, known as McCarthyism, and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Arthur Miller was able to subtly protest the rise of McCarthyism through his literary works, especially in his play The Crucible, because he understood the universal experience of not being able to believe that the people have gone insane....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Salem Witch Trials : A Devastating Event

- The Salem Witch Trials is a devastating event in which 19 people and dogs were killed due to the cry of witchcraft. The outburst of these events could be blamed on several things. Certain things like economics, medicines and culture have to be taken into account when trying to understand the events of the Salem Witch Trials. People like Franklin Jr. Mixon, Linnda R. Caporael, Dr. Allan Woolf, Elaine G. Brewslaw, and Isaac Ariail Reed take into account one of the three: economics, medicines and culture and explain as to why or why not the event happened the way it did disregarding all the other factors....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Ergotism, Salem]

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The Moral Panic Of The Salem Witch Trials

- ... The final social origin that Reed covers is the interest group, which is a group that manipulates people as to gain more power for their beliefs (Reed, 2015, para. 7). The Salem Witch Trials were a combination of the three origins, with the ongoing war in Maine, the uncertainty of the colony’s future, the failures of several leaders in the war, and an attempt for ministers to reassert their power of the colony it a majority of people felt as if this was more than a stroke of bad luck. He then expands on media’s role in developing and supporting moral panics whether it be on purpose or accident....   [tags: Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem witch trials]

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Reason And Significance Of Salem Witch Trials

- To understand the reason and significance the Salem Witch Trials hold, it is important to know what life was like in the sixteenth century. The Salem Witch Trials occurred due to tension reaching its peak in Salem, Massachusetts that effected women even to this day. In the year 1629, Salem was officially established located on Massachusetts north shore. Most of the settlers were English or of English decent and as a result they carried over many English laws. Also in the year 1629, England issued a charter that allowed young Salem the right to self-govern....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials : Annotated Bibliography

- ... Breslaw describes Tituba as essential and pivotal, primarily because of Puritan misunderstanding and misconception about Tituba’s culture and race. Cultural misinterpretation was fundamental in the escalation of the moral panic and hysteria that developed in Salem. Breslaw notes “cultural differences in the use of language made her (Tituba) confession that much easier”. In Breslaw’s analysis, she describes how Tituba essentially confirmed the “Puritan fears, fantasies, and cultural biases.” What resulted was a mass hysteria orchestrated by Tituba’s confession....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan, Ergotism]

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The Role of Young Women in the Salem Witch Trials

- The term witchcraft is defines as the practice of magic intended to influence nature. It is believed that only people associated with the devil can perform such acts. The Salem Witch Trials was much more than just America’s history, it’s also part of the history of women. The story of witchcraft is first and foremost the story of women. Especially in its western life, Karlsen (1989) noted that “witchcraft challenges us with ideas about women, with fears about women, with the place of women in society and with women themselves”....   [tags: The Salem Witch Trials]

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Elizabeth Proctor And The Salem Witch Trials

- Introduction The following was a case study of a female client who was accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Mrs. Elizabeth Proctor was married to a honest, blunt-spoken man named John Proctor. Married young, the couple seemed to be shying further away from each other instead of closer together. Elizabeth was a moral, composed, Christian woman who believed she lead the perfect life. Because she was honest, courageous, and reverent, Elizabeth would rather have sacrificed her life than lie to try and save it....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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Salem Witch Trials Vs. The Crucible

- ... Williams was the niece of Reverend Samuel Parris, and one of the first to be accused of witchcraft in Salem. Abigail 's fictional character was somewhat accurately represented in the play. She was one of the most prominent accusers during the trials. "Of the complaints filed, Abigail Williams made 41 of them" (Lewis). She began experiencing fits at the same time as her cousin, Betty Parris. Although Abigail was 11 when the trials began, Arthur Miller depicted her as a 17 year old who was adamantly pining after her ex-lover, John Proctor....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Samuel Parris]

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Salem Witch Trials Of The Salem Village Of Massachusetts

- ... Thus the first witches to be accused were Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osburn who were accused of bewitching them and had been in recent contact with these two. Although accused Tituba was the first to admit to being a witch and confessed that Sarah Good, Sarah Osburn and four other women of being witches. She admitted that four other unnamed women made her hurt the children. With that it started the Salem Witch Trails and begged the questions who the other four witches were. Soon others were accusing their neighbors or fellow townsmen of being a witch just to save themselves from being accused....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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What Happened During The Salem Witch Trials?

- ... The puritan religion had a large impact on the witch trials, forcing the people to logically believe the witches were there testing their faith & to prey on the weak-minded. As stated in the text, “While ordinary folk worried about witches damaging their crops, harming their livestock, or making someone in their family ill, Mather and some of his clerical colleagues had a much greater fear. They had come to believe that a well-organized witch conspiracy existed in New England, bent upon the overthrow of Christianity” (Gragg, Colonial America, “Under an evil hand”)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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The Witch Trials Of Salem

- As known, the witch trials occurred in the year 1692, and was one of the most devastating events to have ever occurred in Salem, Massachusetts. These events occurred due to the ignorance of many afflicted girls. Many innocent people gave up their lives and protested their innocence of witchcraft. According to the websites, there is little known about the accusers. However, many of the people who aided in the accusing were said to have left Salem. After the events occurred, only one of the afflicted girls and a few other accusers gave a confession pleading for forgiveness....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Samuel Parris, The Crucible]

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Salem Witch Trials And Religious Extremism, Fear, And Delusion

- ... Then God punishes King Saul for this sin by killing him and his sons and allowing the Philistines, Israel’s enemy, to destroy his army (The Salem Witch Trials: A Reference Guide). Virtue versus vice was also very prominent in Puritanism. If a believer was not holy and angelic enough, they were considered a satan worshiper. Puritanism created a very black and white society, where all grey was categorized as black. For example, if someone was not at church on Sunday people would make sure to comment on their absence and lack of religious commitment....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan]

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The Effects Of Conflicts And Grudges On The Salem Witch Trials

- The Crucible Essay The Effects of Conflicts and Grudges on the Salem Witch Trials Conflicts happen every day. Who did you yell at in traffic. What nasty thing did you say to your mother. Did you fight with your best friend. Sometimes these conflicts and grudges last for a long time, and sometimes they are resolved rather quickly. The Crucible by Arthur Miller has many examples of these kind of conflicts. The Crucible is a play written about a small town in Massachusetts going through the struggles of the Salem witch trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Mary Warren]

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The Salem Witch Trials : A Dark Time Period For American History

- The Salem Witch Trials is a dark time period for American history that is full of mysterious confusion on the reasons for why it occurred. Today there are many articles by authors with their depiction on the possible reasons for the Salem Witch Trials. However information on the records on accused witches varies, as Richard Latner explains in The Long and Short of Salem Witchcraft: Chronology and Collective Violence in 1692 in the “Journal of Social History” states, “Legal documents do not exist for everyone who was accused of witchcraft, and the case records that exist are often incomplete” (138, 2008)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials The witch trials of the late 1600's were full of controversy and uncertainty. The Puritan town of Salem was home to most of these trials, and became the center of much attention in 1692. More than a hundred innocent people were found guilty of practicing witchcraft during these times, and our American government forced over a dozen to pay with their lives. The main reasons why the witch trials occurred were conflicts dealing with politics, religion, family, economics, and fears of the citizens....   [tags: History Salem Witch Trials]

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The Salem Witch Trials : Everlasting Accusations Towards Women During The 1950s

- The Salem Witch Trials: Everlasting accusations towards women during the 1960s Throughout history, many attempts of accusations were settled in place against women. There were some cases where men were involved, however, women were the main targets behind the witch craze. When the topic, witches, is brought up in a conversation or writing a paper many, but not all, people think of the witch craze as an act by women to gain higher authority above men. Which could lead to things like, riding a broom stick, afflicting pain onto others, making potions, or sending animals out to kill....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Witch-hunt]

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Witch Trials Of Salem And The Witchcraft Trials

- Salem Shannon L. Alder once said, “Sometimes painfully lost people can teach us lessons that we didn 't think we needed to know, or be reminded of---the more history changes, the more it stays the same.” Salem has been teeming with rumors of witchcraft since the 1600s, which is evident in the different sources and stories about witchcraft that supposedly took place there along with the intense and lethal trials.Throughout the different articles and the novel centered on Salem and the witchcraft trials that occurred there, a recurring pattern is apparent, those within Salem have quickly turned on each other and resorted to mayhem and chaos when there are not reasons for strange events....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Arthur Miller]

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The Salem Witch Trials : An Everlasting Legacy Of Witchcraft And Magic Within The United States

- Throughout history, there have been many phenomenal occurrences that are directly relatable to religion, and therefore hold a special place in the pages of the history books. In this case, the Salem Witch Trials, which occurred in Massachusetts in and around 1692 created an everlasting legacy of witchcraft and magic within the United States. The Salem witch trials are commonly heard of around the entire world, as they in some way set a precedent when it came to witchcraft and dark magic, which was assumed to be seen during this time....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials And All Of Them From The Church And The Direct View Of The Bible

- There are many causes to the salem witch trials and all of them stem from the church and the direct view of the bible. The way that puritan society functioned repressed human nature and caused normally good people to lash out at others because of their own sin. They also gained both societal status and monetary value from accusing others. The literal view of the bible led to a very skewed version of the court. Along with this the fact that the puritans were very isolated from the rest of society made for huge amounts of paranoia....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Puritan, Salem]

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Salem Witch Trials

- The year 1692 marked a major event in history in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witchcraft Trials still leaves this country with so many questions as to what happened in that small town. With all the documentation and accounts of the story, people are still wondering why 19 people died as a result of these trials. This paper will discuss the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials and the events that took place during and after the trials, and the men and women who were killed or spent the remainder of their lives in jail....   [tags: History Salem Witch Trials]

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The Truth of Reverend Hale during The Salem Witch Trials in "the Crucible,” by Arthur Miller

- The Salem witch trials were a time period in which there was mass chaos and very little reason. In, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, there were an elect group of people that overcame this hysteria of the trials. Among the people of reason arose, Reverend Hale, who displayed both sides of the hysteria. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character as he transforms from a character following the strict law and causing the deaths of many, to a character that understands the ridiculousness of the trials. In the beginning of the play, Hale enters as a strict law abiding citizen enjoying his position of power and his ability to make the decisions in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Arthur Miller]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Witch Trials Throughout history millions of people have been scorned, accused, arrested, tortured, put to trial and, persecuted as witches. One would think that by the time the United States was colonized, these injustices on humanity would have come to an end, but that was not so. In 1692 a major tragedy occurred in America, the Salem witch trials. It all began when a group of girls accused others, generally older women, of consorting with the devil. The witchcraft hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts resulted from the strict Puritan code which aroused the girls interest in superstition and magic and caused strange behavior....   [tags: Witchcraft Salem Witch Trials History Essays]

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Comparing Salem Possessed by Paul Boyer, The Story of the Salem Witch Trials by Bryan Le Beau, and Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol Karlsen

- Comparing "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 spread just about as fast as the Black Plague. This epidemic caused chaos among neighbors in a community. The chronology of events describes an awful time for colonists from June 10th to September 22nd of that year. The books "Salem Possessed" by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, "The Story of the Salem Witch Trials" by Bryan Le Beau, and "The Devil in the Shape of a Woman" by Carol Karlsen all describe these events and provide varying explanations for the epidemic that plagued Sale...   [tags: Salem Witch Trials 1692]

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Causes of the Salem Witch Trials

- From the beginning of time there has been conflict between the views of different people and their different groups. Conflict has brought prejudice and fear into communities around the world. As conflict is an inescapable part of any society, it can be expected to extend to the greatest impact possible. The Salem Witch Trials are one such conflict. This conflict caused many to be accused, arrested, and killed. Because of social, economic, religious, and physical problems within the community, Salem Village was present with prejudice and panic causing the Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: witchcraft, salem village, American history]

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The Salem Witch Trials Description

- Since ancient times, the world has been plagued by the belief that witches roam freely. Witch trials have long been an iniquitous way to get rid of the presumably evil men and women who lurk throughout the deepest parts of the earth. From the beginning of time, an estimated 50 to 200 thousand people have been killed because of witch trials ; however, the most famous witch trial that ever took place was the Salem Witch Trials that occurred during 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Massachusetts was settled by English Puritans in 1630; it was inhibited by close to six hundred residents, who lived in two unmistakably different societies: Salem town, and Salem Village....   [tags: witch trial, witchcraft, sarah osborne]

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Salem Witch Trials Diary

- The year was 1692, and I still remember as if it were yesterday. The events that occurred were terrifying for me as I lived in horror not knowing whether I would live or die. “More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, the Devil’s magic, and 20 were executed” (Blumberg). It all started the day Mother decided to take me to the market place. We were desperately trying to get everything together for my birthday. I couldn’t wait for my 16th birthday, but I got more than I bargained for....   [tags: salem witch trial]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- In 1692 everyone was sure that the Devil had come to Salem when young girls started screaming, barking like dogs and doing strange dances in the woods. The Salem Witch Trials originated in the home of Salem's reverend Samuel Parris, who had a slave from the Caribbean named Tibuta. Tibuta would tell stories about witchcraft back from her home. In early 1692 several of Salem's teenage girls began gathering in the kitchen with Tibuta. When winter turned to spring many Salem residents were stunned at the acts and behaviors of Tibuta's young followers....   [tags: teenage girls, witch hunt]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- In a period of a four short months, at least twenty members of the Salem, Massachusetts community died or were killed for exhibiting behavior that was considered an abomination to God. In the years following the aftermath of the Salem Witch trials, many people wondered how innocent people could die without anyone taking a stand. What would cause people to respond so irrationally. If it had not been for a small group of girls acting foolishly many families would have been spared from the tragic realities of unjustified and unfair deaths....   [tags: behavior, abomination, witch hunting]

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The Trials Of The Witch Trials

- ... Throughout Europe the method of executing witches by fire was common. This method was common because the Holy Roman Empire’s Constitutio Criminalis Carolina says that witch craft should be penalized by fire (Andrews). In the village of Salem, one of the more popular witch trials, the punishment for being a witch was being “hung at Gallows Hill, being pressed to death, die in jail, or having their head chopped off then incinerated” (Andrews). The concept of witches has expanded greatly over the years, and it all started in 1330....   [tags: Witchcraft, Salem witch trials, Witch-hunt, Salem]

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Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

- The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 In colonial Massachusetts between February of 1692 and May of 1963 over one hundred and fifty people were arrested and imprisoned for the capital felony of witchcraft. Trials were held in Salem Village, Ipswich, Andover and Salem Town of Essex County of Massachusetts, but accusations of witchcraft occurred in surrounding counties as well. Nineteen of the accused, fourteen women and five men, were hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem Village. Hysteria had swept through Puritan Massachusetts and hundreds of people were accused of witchcraft....   [tags: Witch Salem History Hunt]

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The Causes of the Salem Witch Trials

- What caused the Salem Witch Trials. This question has been asked for hundreds of years, yet the world still isn't sure of the answer. The only statement that can be proven is that there were multiple causes (salemwitchtrials.com). No one factor pushed the trials into existence. Even simple things, like fear, took a part in the overall cause. To this day, scientists and researchers alike still argue over the answer to this riddling question. In the early winter months of 1692, in colonial Massachusetts, two young girls began exhibiting strange symptoms that were described to be "beyond the power of Epileptic Fits or natural disease to effect (examiner.com)." Doctors looked them over, but co...   [tags: trails, factors, hysteria]

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The Theories of the Salem Witch Trials

- ... People would not think that something like the weather could cause so much trouble and distress, but things work in mysterious ways. Studies have shown that as the climate varied from year to year during this cold period, lower temperatures resulted with higher numbers of witchcraft accusations (Wolchover). Something like a winter fuel shortage would have made for a fairly miserable colonial home, and "the higher the misery quotient, the more likely you are to be seeing witches." (Wolchover)....   [tags: psychological condition, illness]

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A Summary of the Salem Witch Trials

- Introduction There are some events in history that put the human race to shame; however, these occasions can change our future forever. Society cannot deny that social injustices occur almost every day, maybe even more than once. One large blemish in our history, the Salem Witch Trials, alienated a certain group in our society. These trials were an unfortunate combination of economic conditions, a flock’s strife, teenage boredom, and personal jealousies. How it developed In 1692, the occurrence of “witchcraft” began after the Massachusetts Bay Charter revolution and the outbreak of small pox....   [tags: history of injustices committed in the US]

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The Horrors of the Salem Witch Trials

- In all of human history, people have written about inhuman beings, many of which include gods, demons, wizards, sorcerers, and witches. Nowadays, mystical beings are seen everywhere in media. Most of society stopped believing in these creatures years ago, but for 17th century Salem, witchcraft became a living nightmare (Fremon, 1999 The reason for the bizarre events that occurred during the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693 in Massachusetts has been the focus of speculation and curiosity for many years....   [tags: puritans, women, gods, demonds]

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1962

- The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were notorious occasions in American History. They have been the subject of verifiable articles, religious talks, books, plays, and movies. Both in the realm of the scholarly world and pop-society of American social order, the Salem Witch Trials have interested gatherings of people from directly after they happened throughout the twentieth century. In a few ways, the exact truth that investment in this occasion has spread over crosswise over both time and disciplines makes the trials deserving of study....   [tags: notorious occasions in American history]

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Overview of the Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, there was over one hundred witches executed during these trials. These witches were said to have “Bewitched young girls causing them to shriek in pain, their limbs twisted into strange contortions.” (Cohen, et al. 2012, 97). Why couldn’t there be witches. I believe that these woman and men were in fact true witches and shouldn’t have been punished for their beliefs. One of the main reasons for coming to the New World was tolerance of different religions was it not....   [tags: massachusetts, hutchinson, winthrop]

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692

- Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Events that began in late 1691 may have been escalated due to religious discord, economic failure or fear of attack by local Indians that allied with French and Canadian communities. Is there a scientific reasoning behind this or was the puritan lifestyle and fear of the French and Indian wars raging less than 70 miles away elevating the communities fear of the devil infiltrating their small community. I will show how politics, social acceptance and the constant fear of attacks may have escalated the pursuit and conviction of these “so called” witches. Looking at this puritan society, we may learn how small fractures in the community may be construed as an atta...   [tags: The Puritans]

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Salem Witch Trials of 1692

- The Salem witch trials of the 17th century, was an event that took place in the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts which spread mass hysteria that centralized around the idea of witchcraft and reflected religious persecution. This tale of events provoked the fears of Puritans whom at the time hated and believed witchcraft to be evil, the practice of committing ill acts on the innocent, the aid of demonic spirits and conveying with Satan. Therefore, the idea of Devil worshipping and witchcraft became a central scapegoat as a reason to exterminate those who were outcasts and did not practice in the Puritan faith accordingly to the rest of the town....   [tags: U.S. History]

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Salem Witch Trials and BDSM

- Like practitioners of BDSM, which is an acronym for the sexual practices of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism, the people accused of witchcraft in the Salem witchcraft trials were viewed as sinners and were looked at with reproach. I decided to write about kinksters, which are people who engage in unusual sexual behavior, because of the unwarranted criticism they face. It is comparable to being homosexual in that people with kinks may feel the need to hide this part of themselves from their family and friends because they fear being judged....   [tags: witchcraft, sexual practices, bondage, discipline]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witchcraft trials in Massachusetts during 1692 resulted in nineteen innocent men and women being hanged, one man pressed to death, and in the deaths of more than seventeen who died in jail. It all began at the end of 1691 when a few girls in the town began to experiment with magic by gathering around a crystal ball to try to find the answer to questions such as "what trade their sweet harts should be of ". This conjuring took place in the Parris household where a woman named Tituba, an Indian slave, headed the rituals....   [tags: American History Witch Witches Essays Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- Imagine a man being accused of a crime he did not commit, yet his punishment whether he did or did not do it is death. Again, imagine a world where accusations from thirteen year old girls are taken under serious consideration in court. Absurd, ridiculous, and out of the question are some of the words most people would use to describe such situations. Between being pressed against large stones for a confession, or being thrown into the river to test for witchcraft, the people of Salem were in a mass hysteria....   [tags: crime, confession, accusations]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- During February 1692 through May 1693 the town of Salem went from being a normal Puritan town to a hunting ground. The people of Salem where not hunting simple things like deer or foxes, these people where on the hunt for something that was being controlled by Satan himself. Witches had the town of Salem shaking in their boots and extremely suspicious of everyone around them. Innocent lives were taken and the town of Salem would go down in history as one of the most famous trials in America. In this research paper we will explore how the Puritan society handles the thought of witchcraft in Salem....   [tags: Puritans, condemnation due to religious beliefs]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- Before 1692, the supernatural was a part of people’s everyday normal life. This is so as people strongly believed that Satan was present and active on earth. Men and women in Salem Village believed that all the misfortunes that befell them were the work of the devil. For example, when things like infant death, crop failures or friction among the congregation occurred, people were quick to blame the supernatural. This concept first emerged in Europe around the fifteenth century and then spread to Colonial America....   [tags: U.S. History]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials was a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry Into the Salem Witch Trials is a historical narrative of the trials written by Marion L. Starkey. The trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century. The author discusses the origin, duration and the aftermath of the incident. It discusses the Puritan negligence towards the emotional needs of the female children involved in the trials and their striving for attention, as well as the harsh reality of sin and evil imposed on Puritan beliefs....   [tags: US history, mass hysteria, hearings & prosecution]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem witchcraft trials began in the year of 1692. The trials caused hysteria in Salem Village. There were twenty people accused of witchcraft and executed. Over one hundred people were thought to be guilty and were placed in jail. However, “The Salem witch-hunt was remarkable not for the numbers hanged and imprisoned but for happening when it did” (Hill 1). The trials began over forty years after the initial European witch-frenzy (Hill 1). Superstition was being challenged by scientists at the time....   [tags: literary analysis, culture, ergotism]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- ... Sudden and violent death occupied minds. Before the trials began there were a few cases of possession among young girls in the town of Salem. Girls were affected by seizures and hallucinations that they blamed women in the town for and accused them of being witches. They were convinced they were possessed. As we know today the seizures and hallucinations were caused by ergot, a fungus found on rye grains. Ergot, what the hallucinogenic drug LSD is derived from, grows on rye grains in warm damp conditions such as existed at the time of the previous rye harvest in Salem....   [tags: church, england, god]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- ... The residents of the village of Salem have what they believe is definitive and irrefutable proof that someone is bewitching these children and perhaps even the town itself. For them the question is not if it is happening but who is doing it. This was on the tail end of the Witchcraft craze that was sweeping through Europe where thousands of women accused of witchcraft were put to death because they were believed to be agents of the Devil causing harm to others through supernatural means. The craze started in the 1300’s and ended in the late 1600’s.(Blumberg, 2007) Even though overseas this was winding down, local events caused it to flourish....   [tags: history of the New England colonies]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- Superstition--The belief in supernatural causality, has been a driving factor behind pivotal historical events throughout the early years of the documented human existence. Unexplainable disasters and phenomena were once commonly attributed to displeased gods by many an ancient civilization. Humans have always had a burning desire to understand why things happen. Remarkable and seemingly unexplainable events occurring in civilizations where the sciences are lacking, leaves the masses to credit that so badly desired explanation to magic and unearthly powers, allowing superstitious un-backed accusations and assumptions to run rampant....   [tags: church, ignorance, superstition]

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