Exploring Explanations for the Salem Witch Trials Essay

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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. Eventually the governing authorities admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. Exploration of the possible reasons…show more content…
Just as the witchcraft craze in Europe was winding down the events of the Salem witch trials took place in the colonies. In 1689 english rulers William and Mary started a war with France also known as King William’s War. This war simply lay to waste the regions of upstate New York sending refugees into Salem Village. Right away these displaced people created a strain on Salem’s resources. This exacerbated the existing rivalry between families with ties to the wealth of the port of Salem and those who still depended on agriculture. http:wwwsalemwitchtrials.com/biographies.html. In January of 1692 the Reverend Samuel Parris, because of his rigid ways and greedy nature, became a very controversial and disliked figure. It seems his daughter Elizabeth age nine, and niece Abigail Williams age eleven and another girl named Ann Putnam began having convulsive fits. They screamed and began uttering peculiar sounds it was noted in that during prayer they also broke out in uncontrollable laughter and contorted their bodies in strange positions The Salem witchcraft papers, Volume 2 (pg13). A local doctor blamed the girls behavior on the supernatural. On February 29, 1692 magistrates John Corwin and John Hathorn, who was the grandfather of Nathaniel Hawthorn author of the novel The

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