The Witch Trials Of 1692

1310 WordsJan 21, 20166 Pages
Well hello my pretties! Witches in history, aren’t the kind that first come to people’s minds. They are often portrayed with pointed hats, big noses, and riding around on broomsticks. The common era has twisted witchery into a light subject, but fails to address the serious role it has played on the United States in its developing stages and the world overall. “The witch hunting craze that swept through northern Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries was the result… of genuine superstition and religious fervor combined with political motivations and paranoia. Peasants and nobles alike looked to supernatural causes for storms and diseases, but they also saw the trials as ways to gain office or wealth by eliminating their rivals.” This paranoia spread across the world and one of the most notorious cases landed right here in our country, the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The Trials shed light on the way court systems were run, cruel and unusual punishment, and psychotropics, or mind-altering substances. In early January of 1692, cries of witchery flew through the town of Salem. Allegations surrounded two young girls, Abigail Williams, age 11, and Elizabeth Parris, age 9. These girls would spend their free time listening to their slave, Tituba, reminisce about her life back in Barbados. Soon after the girls started to have convulsive fits and outcries. Once the local doctor deemed it spiritual doing and not physical, the trial’s wheels were set into motion, rolling over many of

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