Essay on The Trials Of The Salem Witch Trials

1938 Words Oct 16th, 2014 8 Pages
The United States government has always had an unspoken decree that people accused of breaking the law are “innocent until proven guilty.” This has always been upheld to the best of its ability, but in one example in particular, that “ability” wasn’t what it is today. In Salem 1692, twenty men and women were executed, more than one hundred and fifty people were accused, each individually condemned on account of knowing or participating in the act of illegal Witchcraft. Most of the citizens of Salem were genuinely convinced that the accused were voluntarily working for the Devil, and they were the cause of the community’s spell of misfortune and hardship. “Witches” and “Wizards” were executed in hopes to relieve Salem of the Devil’s presence and reverse their series of bad luck. In order to fully understand what happened during the Salem Witch Trials, one must research the background information, timeline of events, and end of the trials.
Throughout time, there have been many instances of Witch executions, all around the world, but none quite like The Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials spread over the biggest area, lasted the longest, and accused the most people (Ray 40-44). According to Richard Latner, a professor at Tulane University who has compiled data from several different sources regarding the Salem Witch Trials, the Witch hysteria didn’t stay within the boundaries of Salem Town or Salem Village, but spread to “twenty-five communities in New England…

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