The Salem Witch Trials : How They Affected The State Of Massachusetts

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From Paranoia to Pardon Years ago many christians believed that the devil would give certain people the power to harm others in return for complete loyalty.(A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials, 2007.) These people were known as “witches.” Tens of thousands of people were killed for supposedly being witches throughout Europe, and more than 200 people were accused , 20 of them being killed in Massachusetts alone. In this essay I will explain what the Salem Witch Trials were, how they affected the state of Massachusetts, and how they still affect us today. The Salem Witch Trials happened in Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. It all started when English rulers William and Mary started a war with France in the American Colonies. This war that they started became known as “King William 's War”.(A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials, 2007.) King William’s War destroyed and devastated regions all over the american colonies, especially Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. All of the uprooted people put a huge constriction on Salem 's resources, causing an old rivalry between families to erupt. Quarrels started up throughout the village. The puritan villagers believed that all the quarrels was the work of the devil. During this time of quarreling Reverend Samuel Parris became Salem’s first minister. He was very undesirable to the puritan villagers due to his selfish and tight fisted nature. Soon after becoming minister Parris’s daughter and niece…

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