Salem Witch Trials Essay

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The Salem Witch Trials, of 1692, occurred in Salem Massachusetts. This is a case where people accused other people of witchcraft. Salem was a town governed by strict Puritan religion, and to have such a charge labeled against you could cost you your life. There were many worldly reasons for the events that happened so many years ago. In this essay, I will explain why I think this tragedy occurred. One of the reasons why I think this took place was because of social problems. Another reason why this disaster might have happened could have been because of young girls recklessly lying. And the last reason why I think this happened was of town division.

The first reason why I think that the Salem Witch Trials
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These girls could have been lying about Bridget being a witch so they could maybe get revenge. (Doc D) Charles W. Upham also accused the girls of being great actors and being intoxicated with power.

The last reason for the Salem Witch Trials could have been town division. (Doc E) the map shows that more accusers lived on the western part of the town and the accused lived on the eastern part. The people in the eastern half of Salem Village gained wealth and political power. The other half of Salem farmed poorer land and lost political power. It seems that the western part of Salem was jealous of the other half. Of the fourteen accused witches living in the village, twelve lived in the eastern section. The map also showed the location of the defenders as well. Most of the defenders lived in the eastern part of town.

In conclusion, I think that the cause of the Salem Witch Trials were social problems, young girls recklessly lying and town division. We might never know what truly caused the Salem Witch Trials or it could have been a number of things. The world might never know. But these documents helped me have a general understanding of the Salem Witch Trials and the events that occurred that year. And those are my reasons for the Salem Witch Trials

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