The Salem Witch Trials : Crisis

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The Salem Witch Trials: Crisis in Salem Village Many people know of the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1692 spilling over into the year 1693. But for those who do not know, the Salem witch trials were a series of trials against men, women, and children accused of being a witch and or practicing witchcraft. In “The Devils Snare: The Salem Witch Trials of 1692” by Mary Beth Norton, the author recollects the stories of real life accounts of those accusers and the accused in Salem during that time. Mary Beth Norton explains the Salem witch trials differently than other books and articles by giving wide-ranging background on incidents leading toward the trials and how events in history were related to the trials. In the book “In the Devils Snare: The Salem Witch Trials” by Mary Beth Norton, it starts by giving details of what was occurring in Massachusetts before the accusations and trials began. Norton starts off by describing the First and Second Indian Wars and how it affected the colony of Massachusetts when 150 Wabanaki Indians burn and rob the whole town of York, killing 50 and capturing over 100 townspeople. Mary Beth Norton than begins to write about the town of Salem, describing the first of many “fits” the town’s pastor Samuel Parris’ niece Abigail, and many other accusers would have, in the accusations of so-called witches also called specters. Young girls in the town of Salem began having strange fits described as falling on
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