The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

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The “Salem Witch Trials” were very, very crazy. They were events in which people blamed others of witchcraft… witchcraft! They believed these people have been possessed by the devil’s black magic and could possess others with the same evil magic, thus starting the tale of the witches of Salem. Stories of devils that possess certain people with some of their black magic, date as far back as the 1400s. The stories started in Europe and spread very wide in colonial New England. During all this the quaint, little village of Salem was dealing with the after-math of a British war with France and Americans in 1689, a recent epidemic of small-pox and fear of attack from Native Americans that surrounded them. 1692, in the village of Salem at spring time, a group of young girls started to claim that they had been possessed by the devil and accused several other women of Witchcraft. That sent a wave of panic and hysteria throughout the people of Massachusetts. Bridget Bishop, was hanged in June. While eighteen other people were also sent to Salem’s Gallows Hill, some 150 more men, women and even some children were accused during the next few months. In the January of 1692, a 9-year-old named Elizabeth (Betty) Parris and an 11-year-old Abigail Williams (the daughter and niece of Samuel Parris who is the minister of Salem) began to start having fits, including violent contortions of her body and uncontrollable bursts of screaming. After a town doctor, Dr. William Griggs, diagnosed

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