Salem Society: The Putnams And The Porter

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The residents of the Salem society were divided into two main groups, the Putnams and the Porters. The Putnams consisted mostly of farming families who wished to separate from the town of Salem and form Salem village. The Porters, who were the anti-separatists, were typically tied to Salem Town’s thriving and rich harbors. The two families had been feuding for years. The

Putnams brought in a new reverend, Samuel Parris. Parris then faced a great deal of hostility from the anti-separatists due to the fact that he received an abnormally high income and extensive benefits. After the Porters raged about his high salary, his family was left in a difficult financial situation (Shah). The economic pressure that was placed on his family may have
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