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Reasons : The Causes Of The Salem Witch Trials

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Between June 10th and September 22nd, 1692, 20 people were put to death and 141 people were arrested in Salem, Massachusetts. All but one of these people were believed to be witches (Background Essay). Prior to the hearing in Salem witch trials were carried out in several different towns. “In 17th century New England witchcraft was a serious crime (Background Essay).” Two girls aged nine and 11, Betty Parris and Abigail Williams, identified a slave name Tituba and two other local women as witches. This led to the accused women being carted off to jail starting the Salem Witch Trials. Without the girls having accused Tituba and two other local women the Salem Witch Trials would have never started. The Salem Witch Trials was the first step…show more content…
The map made by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum shows the social divide, the map shows that the majority of accusers live in the West. The people of the western half of Salem were the poor farmers of salem that had little political power. The majority of the accused witches lived in the East. The eastern half of Salem was wealthy people who have political power. The divide in the wealth would cause strain among relations. The puritans of the western side of Salem believed the worldliness and affluence of the eastern half of Salem threatened their strong puritan beliefs. The tensions between the eastern and western half got worse when the western side selected Reverend Samuel Parris as their new minister. Salem was distinctly divided into two parts Salem Town and Salem Village. These two parts were all part of Salem but were distinctly separated by it’s economy and class. It is likely the jealousy between the two sides of Salem played a large role in the Witch Trials and caused a religious divide. As well as the social status causing a divide the religious beliefs caused a separation. This separation caused constant feuds and conflicts that caused the previous ministers to leave. According to Brooks, “In 1688, Parris entered negotiations to become the new minister in Salem Village. Parris accepted the position and became the official minister in July of 1698.” Parris found himself in the same types of feuds as the previous ministers. The book The New
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