The Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials were a string of trials, hearings and prosecutions of many people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts between the dates of February 1692 and May 1693. The trials ended up leading to the execution of twenty people, men and women, but mainly women. The Salem Witch Trials that took place about three hundred years ago affected the lives of everyday civilians during that time in ways such as politically, religiously, economically, fearfully, mentally, and sometimes in other various other ways. In the 17th century, it was not unheard of to have people involved with or speaking of the supernatural world. The idea of having the supernatural as part of the everyday life of a regular person emerged from Europe in the 15th century and traveled to the colonists in North America during the migration to the Americas. Most people in agricultural America used certain types of witchcraft to better their crops. Yet, many other people just used the supernatural world to blame disastrous events on something other than what was in their present world. In the situation of religion, Joseph Glanvill stated that if one doubted the reality of spirits, such as the witchcraft and demons, they
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