The Salem Witch Trials And The Trials Essay

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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 individual cells the men and women were kept in crowded rooms with no bathroom, because of the lack of sanitary conditions infections were common (Weiser, Procedures). Women with children under the age of two often brought the infants into captivity with them (Weiser, Accused and Condemned), exposing the undeveloped immune systems of the babies to the toxic environment. One…

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