The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

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It is universally understood that the majority of humans are skeptical, if not reluctant to understand or accept that which unknown or different from what they previously considered being true, right, or normal. Such was the case in 1692 when over a hundred people from the Salem Town, Salem Village, and surrounding areas of Massachusetts were accused of witchcraft, leading to numerous arrests and even executions. The events that transpired in the small New England colony have intrigued, seduced, and baffled historians since their occurrence hundreds of years ago. The majority of these historians have conducted extensive amounts of research with the goal of determining the origins and factors that prompted these witch trials. While many attribute the 1692 accusations and trials to past beliefs in the supernatural that have remained since the fourteenth century, historians Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum conclude that the Salem witch accusations and trial were the result of tensions regarding wealth, residential location, and morality along with spirituality. However, their approach in their research differs from that of other historians. In their publication, Salem Possessed, Boyer and Nissenbaum support their argument that the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials occurred due to geographic, economic, and moral tensions using maps, journal entries, and tax records. Boyer and Nissenbaum use multiple maps to prove their argument that geographic location played a major role in the
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