The Salem Witch Trials Essay examples

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The two primary source documents found in this essay are going to be beneficial for getting a closer look at the inner workings of the start of the Salem Witch Trials. The first primary source is a sermon given by Reverend Samuel Parris to his congregation on March 27, 1692. The second primary source document to be explored is a publication written by Increase Mather in 1684, which predated the Salem Witch Trials. Both of these sources, while so different, fanned the flames that ignited the hysteria of the townspeople causing the Witch Trials of 1692 to become much more extensive than they would have if left alone.
The primary source documents used in this essay were both found in the online history study center on the Collin College database. They were both located under the historical document tab. Finding primary sources proved to be harder than I had predicted it to be. The sermon on the witches of Salem given by Reverend Parris was originally found from a publication called Inside American History. It was published in the year 2007. An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences: The Devil in New England, was also originally found in Inside American History and published in 2007. “‘Providences’ are natural happenings, such as shipwrecks, thunderstorms, and Indian wars, that are interpreted to be the action of God intervening directly in the functioning of the natural world.” (5). Both sources were published by Helicon. Reverend Samuel Parris was the Puritan…

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