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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

- ... No one could ever figure out what had happened to the sailors when they were out at sea, the people then got lost under the misapprehension that this incident was curse from the dark acts of witchcraft. This point in time demonstrated how ignorance could lead to superstition. Pope Innocent VII officially declared witches were real in 1484. Later, in 1530, King Henry of England separated his nation from Roman Catholicism, which resulted in creating the church of England because he did not believe in witches (The Salem Witch Trials 8)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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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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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 By Arthur Miller

- ... The high officials claim that she has been accused of witchcraft. She denies this and they ask to look around her house. She agrees to let them in and they look around the house. While looking they saw one questionable item that her niece had left on accidentally. A doll with a needle stabbed into it. They ask her about the item and she says that her niece left the doll behind and stuck the needle inside of safe keeping. They continue to be questioned her asking her if she sold her soul to the devil....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt, Salem]

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The Salem Witch Trials Of Salem

- ... Lucifer was naturally one of God’s angels but started to question God’s acts. Lucifer believed that God didn’t want the angels to be as smart or as powerful as He so that they couldn’t overthrow him. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lúcifer, son of the morning. how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” This being said, the Puritans were afraid of the devil because he turned away from God and that is the complete opposite of what they wanted to do. This is why Salem broke out when witches were thought to be around....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Satan]

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The Crucible By The Salem Witch Trials

- ... It is very evident that it is “contagious.” When one of the girls saw someone hurting them, the rest of them imagined it as well. When one of them started to call out names of the witches, the rest in excitement would too start calling out names. It served as a way to cover up, as it was concluded at the end of Salem witch trials that there was no evidence. The friends of Abigail caught hysteria because it seemed that they wanted the same attention as Abigail was getting. So, they would do the same as Abigail would, but delayed a little bit....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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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

- ... Joseph McCarthy was the headlining name in the McCarthy Hearings during the Red Scare. He was a Senator from Wisconsin who organized a campaign to search for and dig out any communists that were living in the US. McCarthy didn 't use fair and just techniques to find the alleged communists but rather used stereotypes, overgeneralization, and name calling to root them out (Westlund). When someone was accused of being a communist, they were asked to confess and say the names of other people they knew who were communists, so it essentially turned into a blame game which was very similar to the way it was in the Salem Witch Trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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Salem Witch Trials : Facts And Summary

- ... This led to Samuel Perris to go and talked to other ministers and see what they recommended, the other local ministers recommended that Samuel waited to see how the girls reacted and if their condition got worst (“The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692”). Since Salem Village was a small town the story of Elizabeth Perris and Abigail Williams started to spread around the town, later that day there was reports of other girls having the same behavior (“The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692”). Since the town people were starting to be afraid they were pressuring the government to come up with an explanation for the condition all the girls were showing (“Salem Witch Museum”)....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Salem]

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Titub Salem Witch Trials

- ... Due to the fact that she wasn’t born in Salem, her race is not certain. One reason for this is that the name Tituba can be linked to three different backgrounds: African because of the Yoruba word “titi”, Native American because of the name of the tribe “Tetebana”, and Spanish because of the word “titubear” (Tituba 's Race - Black, Indian, Mixed?). Despite the possible origins of her name, there are additional links to the different backgrounds. Tituba has been said to be African as a result of 17th century obliviousness....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Sarah Good, Salem]

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The Mass Hysteria Of Salem Witch Trials

- ... The last person was a poor elderly woman, Sarah Osborn The three women were brought before Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne who were judges of the court for questioning. The young girls who accused the women were present in the courtroom displaying spasms, contortions, screaming, harsh movements, and animal noises (Aronson). The reason behind the girls behaving like that was to show the courtroom and the judges what the effects were for being bewitched. Osborn and Good denied that they were witches....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, The Crucible]

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Mccarthyism, And The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

- ... John mentions that he and Abigail had been alone recently. This makes Elizabeth uneasy because she knows that he was unfaithful to her with Abigail. The play persuades the reader to sympathize with Elizabeth through some of the stage directions. For example, at the beginning of Act Two, John comes home after a long day of working in the field and he kisses Elizabeth. The stage directions say that she receives his kiss, meaning that she did not kiss him back. Arthur Miller does a fantastic job of guiding the reader throughout the play to think that Elizabeth Proctor is a good person....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, Witchcraft]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- ... According to a brief explanation of The Salem Witch Trials in the book America: A Narrative History when this tragic event was over a year after it had started, nineteen people were dead. People living back then were confused with what was going on around them. When the three women were initially blamed, a thread was started where the person being accused then blamed another person they “believed” was practicing witchcraft. Once the second person was trialed they then did the same thing and it continued on leaving some of them dead and some free....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Religion]

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The Salem Witch Trials : A Devastating Event

- ... Franklin Jr. Mixon is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at Columbus State University. In his work "Homo Economicus" he states that it is clear that a religion (specifically Puritan for that is the religious people who occupied the Salem Village) can simply manipulate doctrine to establish or maintain a monopoly, increase membership, and augment individual or corporate wealth. The Salem witchcraft episode shows how relatively easy it was in colonial North America for ministers to interpret questionable actions as witchcraft and thereby increase the demand for ministerial services.1 Franklin puts into perspective the economic point of view....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Ergotism, Salem]

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Reason And Significance Of Salem Witch Trials

- ... Puritan’s had a strong belief of god and the devil, which greatly contributed to the hysteria of witchcraft. Every action they made was to prove that they lived a life devoted to god’s work. Puritans saw the devil as the reason for misfortune and thought women to be weaker to temptation. The fear of being persuaded by Satan was accompanied by the paranoia of Indian raids. At this time Indians were allies of the French and had a very negative reputation among the colonies of Massachusetts. The year 1692 was not an easy year for the women of Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Puritan, Witchcraft, Salem]

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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

- ... Elizabeth felt this way because of her strongly held religious views. Abigail “stole” John away from Elizabeth and had no remorse about doing so. This struck Elizabeth the hardest because her loyalty toward her husband was steadfast. Her feelings toward John indicated that Elizabeth wanted to “be [his] only wife, or no wife at all” (Miller 62). As clearly stated in the Bible, “thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Since the Bible was her authority, she believed that she should live by the scriptures in her everyday life....   [tags: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor]

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The Witch Trials Of Salem

- ... After this horrendous event took place in history, we can learn from this and take it as future advice. Although, throughout the world many events like what occurred in Salem are occurring today, just through a different prospective. However appalling, the aftermath of the “Salem Witch Trials” led to many teachings and a valuable lesson of how easily a minuet mistake can turn into something deadly. The beginning of the Salem Witch Trials was built off of ignorance and irrationality. The afflicted girls who started the whole scene played many roles in the trials....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Samuel Parris, The Crucible]

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

- ... To Parris the world was in ‘grand spiritual battle’ against the damned and the elect (Latner 98, 2006). He warned the village that the devil would work on destroying the church (Ray 70). In fact Benjamin C. Ray in Satan’s War Against the Covenant in Salem Village, 1692 in “The New England Quarterly” writes, “the first to be afflicted were two members of Parris’s own house-hold, his impressionable ten-year-old daughter, Betty, and his eleven-year-old niece, Abigail” (70). They experienced uncontrollable convulsion’s that was believed to be a demonic attack....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt]

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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 : Everlasting Accusations Towards Women During The 1950s

- ... All of Sarah’s pleads or confessions of truth did nothing because the girls “screamed, writhed, twisted their limbs beyond what seems possible.” As long as the girls stayed of the afflicted there was nothing Sarah Good could do to try and gain her innocence. The people of the Salem village were so terrified of the unseen magic that nothing could change their mind about killing her. The fear that they could not control the events that they were witnessing. Witnessing Good stand before the girls in defiance watching them twist in pain clarified for the people of the village that it “must have seemed Satan himself.” The people would not take a chance at letting Satan gain more followers...   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, 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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Witch Trials Of Salem And The Witchcraft Trials

- ... 4. Miller portrays each character in a different light in order to differentiate those with secrets and those without with an objective tone. Golden Line: “What victory would the Devil have to win a soul already bad?” My Line: What good is it for sugar to rot a already cavity dulled tooth. *1. In the well known novel “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, hysteria is exposed from its roots within the courts of Salem with shocking confessions and accusations. 2. Miller uses vivid descriptions of, “...black mischiefs” and, “...a misty coldness climbin’ up my back and the skin on my skull begin to creep…” to paint the odd displays in court that are responsible for the hysteria throughout Salem....   [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

- ... No single individual is a saint, and when people can not confess their sins then the situation can only get worse. While some might react to this by trying to not sin in the future, it is not many. A good example of this behavior is john proctor. He knows he sinned by committing adultery with abigail, He later talks to her and says that it is over. Eventually he tries to redeem himself by not lying about practicing witchcraft, even though it will cost him his life. he says, “Because I lie and sign myself to lies....   [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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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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Salem Witch Trials

- Some people say that the Salem Witch Trials were less a religious persecution than economic in purpose, using religion as a guise to gain property. I believe that the Salem witch trials were less a religious persecution than economical. I believe this for several reasons; one being that the accused witches were using their witchcraft on other people in the town and it was affecting them. Many people were accused of performing witchcraft and were persecuted for doing so. But I believe that people in towns accused others of "witchcraft" whenever something went wrong, because "witchcraft" was such a common thing back than....   [tags: Witch Trials]

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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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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials were a prime part of American history during the early 17th century. During this time, religion was the prime focus and way of life within colonies. This was especially true for the Puritan way of life. Puritans first came to America in hopes of practicing Christianity their own way, to the purest form. The Puritans were fundamentalists who believed every word transcribed in the Bible by God was to be followed exactly for what it was. The idea of the devil controlling a woman and forming her into a Witch was originated from people’s lack of awareness on illness, disease or simple hysteria....   [tags: puritans, religion, the crucible]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- Nothing in history happens as an isolated event. All of time is a continuous cycle of cause and effect, each decision and event leading to another. Eventually all the pieces fall into place to form the landscape of time. It is the job of historians to study this process and determine exactly what each piece of the puzzle is. From the building of the pyramids to America’s war on terrorism, people can eventually trace everything back through time. Of course, attempts to discover the exact causes often lead to controversy....   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, Controversy]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- Church had an enormous influence on the Puritan religion. The colonist from New England had mainly come over for religious reasons because they did not agree with the Protestant Church of England. The colonist came to America in search of a new home and place to live where they could have a community based on their common religious beliefs. In their community, they had a closed society built around their church and activities. The Puritan life basically revolves around the church which influenced how they lived their everyday lives....   [tags: Religion, Church, Women]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- During the early winter of 1692 two young girls became inexplicably ill and started having fits of convulsion, screaming, and hallucinations. Unable to find any medical reason for their condition the village doctor declared that there must be supernatural forces of witchcraft at work. This began an outbreak of hysteria that would result in the arrest of over one hundred-fifty people and execution of twenty women and men. The madness continued for over four months. The notorious witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts occurred from June through September....   [tags: Witches, American history, puritanism]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch trials were a series of arrests and, in extreme cases, executions of many people in the late 17th Century. It was caused by symptoms with unknown causes and extreme suspicion that led to numerous accusations and relentless panic in the small colonial town of Salem. Entire families were imprisoned, nineteen people were hanged, and many others died in prison. The Salem Witch Trails were a period of chaos that was the effect of judgments based on social differences and prejudices. Salem was mostly made up of Puritans, and many of the town’s laws were based on religion (O’Keefe, 18)....   [tags: chaos, social, differences, prejudice]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- During the years of 1692 and 1693 the fear of witchcraft swept through Salem, Massachusetts like a plague. Witchcraft strongly defied Puritan beliefs, and the Puritans executed any accused witches. Throughout the hysteria in Salem, 185 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Rumors of witchcraft put many people’s lives in danger. Witchcraft was defined as entering into a compact with the devil in exchange for certain powers to do evil. It was considered a sin against God’s superiority; a strict rule against Puritan beliefs (Conforti)....   [tags: massachusetts, puritan beliefs]

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The Salem Witch Trials

- During the seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts is a seaport town populated mostly by Puritan colonists who came over from England in the seventeenth century. Beliefs of witchcraft came over with the settlers who, if caught practicing, was punishable by death. The Salem Witch Trials were a series of court cases in 1692 revolving around witchcraft where over hundred people were accused, nineteen were hanged, and one was pressed to death. England had accused people of witchcraft dating back as far as the twelfth century, and it was not until the fourteenth century that they began to arrest and try citizens....   [tags: Massachusetts, Puritans, US history]

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Case of Rebecca Nurse: Witch Trials

- In the small town of Salem, there came an uproar of people being witches and the practice of witchcraft among the people in the town. The town’s eyes were looking at Abigail Williams, Betty Paris, along with the other young girls that were dancing in the forest, making a love potion. To get the towns eyes off of them, they started pointing the finger at many others in the town who they didn’t like. The ‘afflicted’ girls blamed these people for possessing their bodies, forcing these girls to do the devilish acts that they were caught doing....   [tags: salem, witchcraft, witch trials]

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Salem Witch Trials

- The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, although it started as a commercial enterprise, was highly grounded on religion. As John Winthrop said, they wanted to create a “city upon a hill,” or a utopia where God’s favor could be achieved. To attain this Promised Land, the Puritans devoted themselves to their church life and God. Spending hours at service every day, the Puritans were a closely-knit community due to the power of the church. Whenever any problem in the community emerged, the Puritans looked to the church to give them an answer....   [tags: History massachusetts Witch Trials]

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Hiding Salem : The Other Witch Hunt Of 1692

- ... Unlike Salem however, the Hartford witch hunt would not lead to same outcome that happened in Salem. Godbeer starts his narrative in April of 1692. Kathrine Branch, a poor and orphaned servant, is struck with a sudden and serious illness. Her masters, Daniel and Abigail Wescot - a prominent family in Stamford, became concerned with the symptoms and behaviors that Kathrine Branch was displaying. The Wescots consulted with a midwife by the name of Sarah Bates. Goody Bates was the closest thing Stamford had to a physician, even though she lacked formal medical training....   [tags: Witchcraft, Salem witch trials, Witch-hunt]

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The Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- ... When Reverend Hale arrives at Salem, he goes to see what is wrong with Betty. Quickly, Hale concludes that witchcraftery is likely the cause of Betty’s sickness, but he is not officially sure. While Hale was inspecting Betty, Giles Corey, an old landowner, asked Hale a question. Giles was curious about why his wife was reading strange books at night and how it had interrupted his prayers. Later on Hale asks Abigail if they were conjuring spirits, she then says that it was all Tituba's doing....   [tags: hysteria, grudge, foes, trials]

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Hiding Salem : The Other Witch Hunt Of 1692

- ... Shortly after receiving his Ph.D., his first book was published, The Devil’s Dominion, which was a book about magic and religion in early New England. Since then, Godbeer has written three other books, with similar topics, including Escaping Salem. Currently, Godbeer is a professor at the University of Miami, with specialties in Early America, Witchcraft and Religious Culture. I believe one of Godbeer’s main purposes in writing Escaping Salem, other than telling an interesting story, was to show that not all witch trials were handled like the witch trials in Salem....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch trials]

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Salem Witch Trials

- Salem Witch Trials In 1692 events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts led to the best known witch trial in America. Today these witch trials are known as the Salem Witch Trials. More than two-hundred people were accused of practicing witchcraft. A witch to them was someone who could do harm through magical means, they could curdle milk, hobble animals, and even cause young children to sicken and die (Aronson, Witch Hunt 31). People believed the Salem Witch Trials happened because English rulers started a war with France....   [tags: american history, ]

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A Historical Comparison of the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthyism Era

- Throughout history , it has been shown that, history has a tendency to repeat itself. In 1692, men and women were accused of witchcraft whether they were guilty or not. The place that this was occurring was, Salem, Massachusetts, a city full of puritans who came from Europe. Witchcraft was the among the worst crime any individual could do. This often times led to people being hung or exiled from the church. Many people were hung, even though they were innocent. Many years later during the WWII era, there was a lot of speculation about communists and their impact in America This era was known as the McCarthyism era, because, Sen....   [tags: social issues, salem witchcraft trials]

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Salem Witch Trials

- During 1692, in a small village named Salem Village, in Massachusetts, tragedy broke loose. A rave of the belief of witches was flying through the small village, making death and tragedy almost a normal and daily thing. Not only was it big in Salem Village, but the word got around to many towns and villages surrounding them. Many were accused, many were accusing, and very few were lucky enough to not be bothered with this crazy belief. It all happened in one year. It started when two young girls seemed sick, but were making awkward sounds and outstanding body movements....   [tags: religious beliefs and mass hysteria]

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Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem witch trials occurred in Salem, Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. There were over 200 people who were accused of witchcraft, and about twenty were executed. Today, we do not necessarily take as severe of actions on those whom are different, but there are witch hunts occurring every day in our society. Both in the 1600s and today, humans fear the unknown, or unconformity. People take their personal values, and combine them with the values of their society, and “witch hunts” begin to form in the society....   [tags: Eating Disorders, Sexual Orientation]

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Salem Witch Trials

- “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” M.L.K. Jr. (Walkman). Just imagine seeing hallucinations everywhere, believing that witches are everywhere doing horrible things. That seems terrifying but not as terrifying as what happens to the people who were accused. If they were accused it is practically a death sentence. The scary thing was that people believed the little girls of Salem who were accusing people....   [tags: American History, Witchcraft, England]

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The Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare

- During the 1950s, the United States was afraid of the communist party. This caused the U.S. to quickly judge anybody who was assumed to be a communist. A similar story was the struggle John Proctor had. John Proctor lived within a super proper society, with many of the people in it being superstitious with the Witch Trials going on. The Salem Witch Trials were filled with the lies of people being witches that would eventually destroy their reputations. The United States was in a state of scare when they feared that communist agents would come and try to destroy our government system....   [tags: communist party, john proctor, mccarthism]

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Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem Witch Trials are best described by George Lincoln Burr: The episode is one of the nation's most notorious cases of mass hysteria, and has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations and lapses in due process. (197) In the early winter of 1692, the first speculations of witchcraft happened with the female children of Salem. Nine-year old Betty Paris, the daughter of Reverend Parris, and 11-year-old Abigail Williams, the niece of Reverend Parris, began to display terrifying and peculiar behavior....   [tags: mass hysteria cases]

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Salem Witch Trials

- As flawed people, achieving perfection is an impossible task. Yet, despite this inevitability, individuals strive for perfection only to reveal and witness imperfections. The Puritan lifestyle attempted to achieve this unattainable mission by setting strict morals upon the people of Salem, Massachusetts, however they struggled to do so. Salem faced a major change as a result of the Puritan ambition. Because of their thought on the ideal community as a straitlaced society, those who portrayed an imperfect model were to be isolated....   [tags: Puritans]

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Factors and Influence of the Salem Witch Trials

- The Salem witch trials transpired in the late 1600’s and caused uncertainty and controversy throughout the society. The town of Salem is where most of the trials occurred, and practicing witchcraft, and our American government forced over a dozen citizens to pay with their lives. The witch trials happened because of conflicts dealing with religion, fear, and feuds. The trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of adolescent girls claimed to be possessed by the devil and they accused several local women of witchcraft....   [tags: Hysteria, Giles Corey]

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The Effect of the Salem Witch Trials on Puritanism

- The Salem witch trials had a drastic affect on the Puritan religion. The trials helped shape and point the direction for the New England Colonies and the Puritan religion. The Salem witch trials outbreak began in 1692. In the past, there had only been about five convictions of people being accused of witchcraft; none of this resulted in any deaths(Wilborn 16). Usually just a fine was given, but by the end of 1692 there was already 150 arrests (17). Whether you were rich or poor, it didn’t seem to matter, anyone and everyone was being accused....   [tags: redirected New England Colonies]

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Exploring Explanations for the Salem Witch Trials

- Between the years of 1692 and early 1693 in the colonial Massachusetts Bay colony of Essex known as Salem Village great paranoia broke out in the form of witchcraft accusations, neighbor against neighbor, and as a result much injustice was done. During this time in our nation’s history at this place more than one hundred and fifty people, residents of Salem Village, were accused of practicing witchcraft and consorting with the devil. At least twenty were put to death nineteen by hanging and one man by laying stones on him until his body was crushed under the weight....   [tags: American History, Massachusetts Bay, Puritan]

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Escaping Salem, The Other Witch Hunt Of 1692

- ... They’re pinching me on my neck!” (GodBeer, 28) With many more attacks, and neighbors witnessing it firsthand the question of who was tormenting her became the issue. Daniel and Abigail’s home became the spectacle of the town, and many gathered to help them to see the attacks on their own. Although Kate’s attacks were hard to look at many not only heard her cry out Good Clawson’s name but also Good Miller, and described a women of the name of Mercy Holbridge. (GodBeer, 39) After naming these three women who they believed had been the cause for Kate’s attacks Daniel Wescot was ready to take action, and appeared with her at the preliminary court....   [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Witch-hunt]

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