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Causes Of The Salem Witch Trials

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Puritans seemed to be “pure” people, but put witchcraft in the scene and they were seen as people who conspired with the devil. There were many causes of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and tons of them are quite obvious. Most of the people of Salem, Massachusetts were Puritans, so any form of witchcraft made them hysterical. Anyone accused that would not confess, hanged until dead. Anyone that confessed received a jail sentence. Consequently, many innocent people ended up getting killed because they could not confess, or they would be considered “damned.” This certainly posed a problem. Today, loads of towns become divided by wealth and power, just as they did back in the 1600’s. However, this became a way that the townspeople identified witches back then. According to Document E, there is a map that clearly shows where the accused witches were located based on poor and wealthy areas of Salem. The article states, “... the people in the eastern half of Salem Village gained in wealth and political power” (Document E). While the people on the western half grew poorer daily. “The people in the western half of Salem Village farmed poorer land and lost political power” (Document E). This sums up the political influence of these people. In the map, it shows that most of the accusers came from the western parts of Salem. Nevertheless, the majority of the accused resided on the western side. This is an indication of town division. Perhaps, most of the accusers fell jealous of
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