The Salem Witch Trials Essay

1002 Words Nov 5th, 2015 5 Pages
The Salem Witch Trials were a monumental moment in American history. It began in Salem in 1692 when two girls and a village slave named Tituba tried to look into their futures (“Salem witchcraft trials” - American History). Shortly after, the village girls began to behave strangely by crawling under things and making abnormal noises. It came to a point where they ended up screaming that they were being tortured (“Salem witchcraft trials”- World Book Advanced). Since two of the three affected village girls were the daughter and niece (respectively) of a reverend in the town, their pious relative urged them to name the witch responsible for their outbursts. They named three people responsible but the only one who ended up fully confessing was Tituba. Tituba’s confession brought other possible witches to light which opened the door to a wave of new accusations. Due to the impact Tituba had in both the start and progression of this event in history because of her background, her job in the community, and her confession, she was the defining factor in the Salem Witchcraft Trials.
Tituba’s background affected the progression of the Salem Witchcraft Trials because that was where she had first heard the stories. Tituba was brought over from Barbados to live with Reverend Parris and his family when she was around twelve years of age (Tituba 's Race - Black, Indian, Mixed?). Due to the fact that she wasn’t born in Salem, her race is not certain. One reason for this is that the name…

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