The Effects Of The Salem Witch Trials

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When a man was crushed under the enormous weight of boulders, stones, and rocks, he was not accused of being a murderer, or being a thief, or even the worst sin of adultery. This man was unable to confess the names of alleged, “witches” within the Salem Village of Massachusetts.This mans name was Giles Corey, and he was one of the many innocent victims killed during the Salem Witch Trials. With many problems facing people throughout the centuries, the Salem Witch Trials, the, “Red Scare” and the Paranoia of the Ebola outbreak in America may have been the most shocking events that has happened in American History. The Salem Witch Trials started due to the belief of witchcraft within the village when Young women and a Slave named Tituba practiced …show more content…
This put fear into the feelings of all salemites in the Salem Village, Fear became the motivation for all witchcraft trials. The accusations were, “fueled in the household of Reverend Parris (Saari and Shaw). It is said that, “much controversy broke out between the Parris and Putnam parties long before the trials ever started.” Many thought that the Parris’,”salary, firewood, homes, and the title and deed of the parish was… an unfair amount of wealth to the family” (Saari and Shaw). The first person to be accused of witchcraft was Sarah Osborne (Saari and Shaw). She and many others were accused due to their social practices and unwillingness to go to church (Phelps and Lehman) A slave named Tituba, a Caribbean-Indian from Barbados, practiced a fortune-telling trick with young girls from the Salem Village. These girls fell into trances. They accused others of signing a compact with the devil to torment them in order to save their own skin. Many historians believe their, “Convulsions, hallucinations, and their falling into trances were from a fungal growth called ergot” (Thompson and Poole. These trances put many innocent men and mostly women to their deaths. The trials did not end until …show more content…
Mccarthyism is the definition of accusing others in being a communist within the American Government. Most in which many accusations and allegations were made by Senator Joseph R. Mccarthy (“History.com”). Mccarthyism, used by Joseph Mccarthy, put many people without jobs. They were also blacklisted, and were of course, shunned upon. Most of these accusations by Mccarthy were fueled by what some say fear, but mainly to, “Gain power within the Central Government.” Joseph R. Mccarthy was born on November 14th, 1908 in Grand Chute, Wisconsin (“History.com”). Even before all of these accusations and allegations, Mccarthy was known to be very, “intimidating.” Mccarthy was considered the least qualified and the most corrupt politicians of his time (“Cold war.org”). Mccarthy was set into his second term in office, he was, “put in charge of the Committee on Government Operations, which allowed him to launch even more expansive investigations of the alleged communist infiltration of the federal government” (“History.com”). Mccarthy set out to soil the, “Communist party in the Armed Services of America” But it only led to his downfall. Mccarthy attacked the Armed Services with many unproven accusations that led many people to believe that what Mccarthy was saying, was never entirely true from the

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