Kathy Weiser's Accused Children In The Salem Witch Trials

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In 1692 a great tragedy swept through the small Massachusetts village of Salem. Several girls became ill with what was assumed to be witchery. These girls went on to accuse scores of people of witchcraft, holding in their young hearts the guilt of having condemned at least nineteen people to death and forever tainting the reputations of many others. In the vast amount of the accused were children, often times only implicated in the charges of witchcraft because their mothers were accused as well. Many of the children involved in the trials were able to grow up and marry, although their lives were not easy. Unfortunately, the babies who were born while their mothers were in prison were often stillborn. Kathy Weiser provides short biographies of all the accused in the Salem Witch Trials and the trials in the immediate area around Salem, in these short descriptions of the lives it is shocking to find the amount of women who were put into torturous prison conditions while pregnant (Witches-Accused and Condemned). The conditions in the prisons of the Salem vicinity were subpar even for the times. In lieu of …show more content…
Darya Mattes strongly expresses this common trend in the essay “Accused Children in the Salem Witchcraft Crisis”. Mattes points out the extreme lack of evidence against the children implicated in the trials, stating that “the only evidence offered against the children was spectral” (Accused Children). Marc Callis highlights several of the written reactions to the Salem Witch Trials, and it is a common thread that after the trials spectral evidence was deemed by almost everyone to be an unlawful means of evidence (The Aftermath of the Salem Witch Trials in Colonial America). This information only shows that the trials were wrong and should have been stopped before they took the lives of a score of men and women and ruined the lives of the countless

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