The Trials Of Salem Witch Trials Essays

951 Words Nov 27th, 2016 4 Pages
From the 1500’s to the mid 1700’s, witch hunting had begun getting popular. The efforts of the earlier European nations focused not so much on executing previously known witches, but identifying witches in hiding. No one was safe from these deadly accusations. 70 percent of those accused were women mainly, women, widowed or dispensers of herbal remedies. The trials in Salem, Massachusetts occurred late in the witch hunting season in 1692. The trials began with an affair between Abigail Williams, the niece of Revered Samuel Parris, and Mr. John Proctor. Abigail first accused Mr. Proctor’s wife, in hopes of eventually marrying him. Throughout the duration of the Salem Witch Trials she is known as the ringleader to a series of young, impressionable teens. Starting the new year of 1693 the witch trials were silenced, ending with a total of 20 executions, and approximately 200 accused, but released. Because of the lack of guidance within the justice system, and the faulty accusations justice was partially served to the accusers and oyers, accused, and fully served to the current justice systems. Within the Salem Witch trials, the trusted witnesses of the “devil worshippers,” were eleven impressionable teenage girls. All of which lived in a society that gave them little attention. Although lack of attention served as a relevant motive, it was not however acceptable to lay their lives on the line. Years after the trials concluded, the leader of the accusers of…

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