Salem Witch Hunt : A Phenomenon Of Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Hunt was a phenomenon of witch trials in the Early Modern period. It occurred in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. It all started when a group of young girls, Betty Parris, 9 years old, and Abigail Williams, 11 years old, started to behave in a crazy manner, like screaming and barking like a dog, and it got to the point where they assumed they were “possessed”. Soon after that, Ann Putnam Jr. and other Salem girls began acting similarly. People started getting very scared and started accusing each other of being witches. The girls started accusing people the most and everyone seemed to believe them. I assume that the reason that this whole craze was so intense was because there has been witch scares before. This time, in particular, was more severe because these little girls were the ones accusing people. This spread so fast and so far because before this witch mayhem, there was a smallpox outbreak. Many people died and the Puritans started to believe that witches were among them. This event led people to easily assume others were witches, which is why it spread so fast and so far. Many members of the Puritan community believed the accusations made by the afflicted girls over believing their neighbors. People tended to believe them since they were children and had a hint of innocence in them. Also, Betty Parris’ father was Reverend Samuel Parris and since he played a big role in this community they thought the girls had to be telling the truth. One

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