Historical Interpretation Essay

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Although the subject of a particular historical event is based on facts the truth remains that the story of history is largely subjective. Loewen points out that “textbooks in American history stand in sharp contrast to other teaching materials,” what he does not point out is why (387). In the educational areas of grammar and math the subject matter is based on hard evidence and irrefutable facts, which are not open to interpretation. The way we are taught about historical events and the situations surrounding them are majorly based on the views of individuals relating personal accounts of a factual event. In any given situation all individuals involved may have many different perspectives or accounts of the events which took place. As …show more content…
Puritan fundamentalism is one accepted view of the occurrence of accusations of witchcraft and therefore the hysteria that ensued. This view does not account for government responsibility, due to the fact that the trials were sanctioned and carried out by law. Perhaps the reason that this is not focused on is because it casts a negative view on a form of Christianity? Or perhaps this is because of another accepted view that the charges of witch-craft were not based on fact but rather as a result of broken communal ties (Norton 5). Several other versions of how the events occurred include the idea that, Tituba, a servant was the leader “of a fortune telling circle comprising the later “afflicted girls (Norton 9).” This version has more or less been refuted due to the fact that “not one shred of evidence from 1692 suggests the existence of such a group guided by Tituba (Norton 9).” Another explanation that has been offered is the idea that “the crisis [can be attributed] to some sort of biological cause” such as mold from rye bread or encephalitis (Norton 9). While still another theory in existence is that the accusations of witch-craft were a misogynistic attempt to deal with “unruly” or powerful women (Hall 348). However “a much higher proportion of men were accused of practicing witch-craft during the Salem crisis than during previous witch scares (Breslaw 544).” All of these differing theories are based loosely on interpretations of the

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