The Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials took place between February of 1692 and May of 1693, by the end of the trials hundreds were accused of witchcraft, nineteen were executed and several more died while imprisoned awaiting either trial or execution. Some of the ‘symptoms’ associated with witchcraft could have included fever, contortions due to excessive pain, stress, asthma, guilt, boredom, child abuse, epilepsy, and delusional psychosis. One scientist did research and found that the strange behavior could be associated with poison that was unknowingly ingested. In the year 1962, a serious fear of devil worshiping and witchcraft swept through a small town in Massachusetts like a plague, women ‘s rise and fall from power throughout
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Though the Massachusetts general court later annulled guilty verdicts against accused witches and granted indemnities to their families. Bitterness lingered in the community and the Salem witch trials would endure for centuries. Salem village in the 1690’s were pretty much the edge of the settle universe at least as far as the colonist knew. They were afraid of death by starvation, death of exposure, and death by salvages. The puritans soon were convicted of witch trials of Salem because people believed the devil was the cause of all this, they accused older women to being witches but they only chose the ones that were vulnerable to the community. The way they selected their women depended of how weak the women they chose were. They believed in the super-natural and specifically in the devil’s practice of giving certain humans or witches the power to harm others in return for their loyalty had emerged in Europe as early as the 14th century, and was widespread in colonial New England. Rampant fear among the puritans in the New England village of Salem sparked attacks against anyone who was suspected of witchcraft; really the Salem witch trials were about the fear of women, what they were seeing was people acting differently that had many men and women threatening. The people of Salem didn’t think they were doing wrong because to them it wasn’t surprising that there was an attack …show more content…
With the help of today’s scientists and advanced knowledge this whole hysteria could have been avoided. The theory that the strange attitudes were brought on my poison ergot in the rye could have changed everything. The people affected by the trials and accused would have been treated in a hospital back to health instead of being killed. In 1957 the very last witches names were cleared, and they town of Salem had realized the mistakes they made. A memorial was made in 1992 to honor the deaths of those people accused of witchcraft. Honoring the victims that suffered was an important milestone for this town; it was a way of stating that the times of persecution were finally over. The Salem witch trials were an important part of history, but more importantly is what we learned from them in hopes to prevent any future happenings like

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