The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

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The United States of America is known to many as the Home of the Free. The United States has built itself on pride knowing that its citizens are protected against a government that abuses its power. Also, religious freedom and a separation of church and state are key fundamentals of America. However, the present day United States had to go through several conflicts in order to preserve the unalienable rights. One of these obstacles the United States had to overcome was the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials occurred in 1692 and 1693 in colonial Massachusetts. “More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft – the Devil’s magic – and 20 were executed” as detailed by Jess Blumberg on the web article A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials (Blumberg 2007). The trials had a major impact on the American society and the effects could be seen in colonial America as well as today. Why did the injustice of the Salam Witch Trials occur and why did it happen in Salem? Several reasons came together beginning in 1689 that would eventually lead to the trials including a war in the colonies that caused poor economic conditions, church conflict, teenage boredom and personal jealousy.
A main reason was due to King William’s War in 1689 effect on the colonies, specifically Salem. William and Mary, English rulers started the war with France in the American colonies. This displaced many residents in Salem and put an economic strain in the colony. A rivalry grew…

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