Sociological And Societal Issues That Influenced The Sweeping Accusations Of The Salem Witch Trials Essay

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The dynamics of late 17th century culture contributed to sociological and societal issues that influenced the sweeping accusations of the Salem Witch Trials. The “witch hunt” frenzy began in Salem Village in early 1692 all due to two young girls influence. Three main societal issues prevalent at this time could have led to the hysteria and rapid movement of the witch hunt idea. The chaotic beginnings in leadership of the church at Salem Village, the strict Puritan lifestyle and beliefs of villagers, and the entertainment value of witchcraft culture among the youth are all factors in the Village of Salem’s fear against witchcraft. In the 1630’s a European settlement called Salem Village was established after farmers from Salem Town decided to become a separate extension of Salem Town. By the 1660’s Salem Village farmers were requesting to have their own church parish due to the distance they had to go in order to get to church in Salem Town five miles away. This request put fear in the minds of the church council at Salem Town that division would come, because a separate church set up would result in citizens having a broader ambition of autonomy and independence. Although the church feared this separation, it was the eventual outcome, and separation from Salem Town occurred. By March of 1672 the villagers had gained more independence from Salem Town and were allowed to build a meeting house as well as hire a minister for the village. They were also able to gather taxes

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