What Was The Panic In The Salem Witch Trials?

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The panic in Salam
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Why Salam Village? Why such the panic that lead to numerous accusations and the resulting, convictions and hangings. The panic in the village of Salem Massachusetts of 1692 was the result of more than one factor, some may even say a perfect storm. On one hand the Social standing of those accused were on the fringe of the Puritans culture norm. This leads to some being accused with little to know evidence to do so. Over the years the Salem witch craft trials have been blamed on many different causes, but all can agree that the year of 1692 was spinning out of control and could have been stopped before it did. To look at how this America tragedy could have been stopped; we need to talk about how it was started.
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Were the accused experiencing some Psychological processes that was brought on by other unknown factors. Some examples, the fact that the children of this time were subject to much violence and persecution, and sometimes were living from day to day and had very little food and even less nutritious food available. This of course lead them to become very weak at times and more vulnerable to sickness both spiritual and physical. Including but not limited to bread made from rye grain that had been infected by a fungus, known as ergot that is known to have toxic effects on the Brain. And some of the same symptoms that the accused where showing. Including fits of shaking screaming and crawling under tables and barking like a dog and growling. The end of the trials was a time of exoneration of the accused. Also, to further understand that there were many causes to their afflictions. A time when misfortunes were blamed or otherwise not fully accepted as anything other than the will of God because of one’s sin’s. As the Pastor of the town had to say “Therefore, as in duty as a church of Christ are deeply bound to protest against it as most directly contrary to the …show more content…
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