The Salem Witch Trials Of Colonial America

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Brought to the New England colonies by the Puritans was not only a strict theology, but an understanding and fear of the supernatural world they believed was so tightly intertwined with their earthly world. Therefore, it was only natural for the pious colonists to be wary of things they did not understand and suspect denizens that did not act accordingly to the standards of what it meant to be a Puritan. However, even though there were many suspicions of certain individuals associating with the Devil and performing witchcraft, there was usually not enough substantial evidence to indict said individuals. Then, after several Native American raids, a change in government to an Anglican leader, and the arrival of Separatists, Puritans became even more wary and anxious of those around them. This turn of events set off the biggest witch hunt in colonial America, known as the Salem Witch Trials. Due to her personal misfortunes and venomous tongue, Sarah Good was one of the first three women to be accused of witchcraft and was later hung on July 19, 1692. The Puritans believed in predestination--where whether a person was going to Heaven or Hell was decided before they were born--and they did not know where they were going until Judgement Day. However, they had a system, in which, depending how a person lived their life, they could guess where that person was going. A person who lived a prosperous and spiritual life would probably be going to Heaven, while a person who lived
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