Essay about The Salem Witch Trials Of 1692

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The Salem Witch Trials began in the spring of 1692 after a group of young girls claimed that they were being possessed by the devil and blamed several local women of witchcraft. (Salem Witch Trials) Panic spread throughout Massachusetts and a special court gathered to hear the variety of widespread cases. About 150 men and women were later accused in the following months and the hysteria continued. However, by September of 1692, public opinion began to turn away from these trials and later the courts annulled guilty verdicts against these women and granted indemnities to the families. (Salem Witch Trials) Many still question today the actual causes of the Salem Witch Trials and how they came about. It is believed that political battles for power, changes occurring in the role of women, and religious uncertainty led to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. As early as the 14th century, belief in the supernatural and the devil’s practice started to become more prominent in society and it was believed that the devil could contact certain individuals and give them the power to harm other humans. This was known as witchcraft. (Salem Witch Trials) The Salem Witch Trials were fueled by residents’ suspicions of and resentment towards their neighbors which led to a lot of untrust to trickle throughout the town.
“In an effort to explain by scientific means the strange afflictions suffered by those ‘bewitched’ Salem residents in 1692, a study published in Science magazine in 1976 cited…

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