The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

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The Salem Witch Trials The year 1692 is remembered as one of the most scandalous times in American History. Throughout the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, over a hundred people were accused of practicing witchcraft (the majority of them being women). 14 women were hung, and 5 men were accused leading to a total of 19 people dying due to these trials. One man was even pressed to death by substantial weights for declining to enter a plea (Linder 1). No less than eight individuals passed on in jail, including one baby and one child; and more than one hundred and fifty people were imprisoned while anticipating trial. The primary reasons for the witch trials were clashes over managing governmental issues, religion, family, financial aspects, and apprehensions of the citizens. The Salem Witch Trials reflect the harsh and rigid judgements of the Puritans and citizens of Salem. It is one of the most intriguing story in American History. The accusations began on January 20, 1692, when Reverend Parris, the Puritan minister of Salem, noticed strange behavior from his nine-year old daughter, Elizabeth, and his eleven-year-old niece, Abigail Williams (Blumberg 5). The two children started showing odd conduct including yelling vulgar words and going into dazes. Parris contacted the local physician, William Griggs, but he was unable to find out what was wrong with the children. Griggs suspected some demonic behavior from the children, so Parris spoke with other ministers. Not even a day
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