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    The Peterloo Revolution

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    It was around 1799 that the French Revolution would finally come to an end. For Britain, the elites were strongly opposed to the Revolution’s ideologies - Liberty, equality, fraternity – afraid they would lose their political power. There was, unavoidably, a pressure for change: in this period, only middle and upper class men could vote. The press was under the censorship of the time leading to the government creating the “Taxes of Knowledge” - taxes and duties that would be imposed upon newspapers – designed to “limit the growth, circulation, and distribution of the press in general and of the radical press in particular” (Negrine 1989) so press would never talk negative things about the system. Workers would face up to eighteen hours of work per day for a very lower wage and children would start working from five years old with no access to education and completely robbed of their childhood. It was only by 1830s that slavery and child work would be banned for Britain but the country would still be in a process of change that would affect not only society, politics and economy, but also the press itself. Radicalism emerged at the end of the eighteenth century – a century full of corruption and war – and beginning of the nineteenth century. “Although essentially political in language and values (…) radicalism has generally been interpreted by historians in socio-economic terms by which the expanding middle and working classes of urban-industrial Britain sought to attain…

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    There were many contributions to why this particular time period was the most dangerous time to be accused of witchcraft, mainly of political and cultural nature. Witch hunts largely occurred during the creation of nation-states, because rulers of said new nations were required to prove their faith, not only to the people, but to the church as well. The popularization of the printing press helped put documents such as Malleus Maleficarum into circulation, so the contents of them were readily…

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    Jon Lilly Research Paper

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    Seventh grade, my second year now at what I thought to be the worst school in the world. On back to school night I met a man who would change my perspective on life completely, that man being Brandon Lilly. Henry Adams once said “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” At a mere five-foot four he appeared to be a kid minus the burly lumberjack beard that he possessed. I remember being skeptical at first because I had never had a male teacher before. All of my…

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    Witchcraft is a prominent problem in The Crucible. The entire play centers on this one problematic event that has everyone in the town of Salem panic-stricken and accused of being a witch. While the play had instances of witchcraft defined, most of the play just has the characters accusing each other blindly because they themselves do not want to face justice alone. Witchcraft in actuality is a religion that is centered on nature. They cannot perform spells, but they perform rituals that summon…

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    In the past decade, there have been numerous accounts of vicious attacks against Muslims men and women, who are being specifically targeted because of their faith. These ethnic and religious tensions have been brewing in the United States primarily since the large influx of immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s, but were severely heightened after the events occurring on September 11, 2001. Every man wearing a turban or every woman wearing a hijab was merely perceived as a menacing terrorist rather…

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    worship and serve him, then use demonic magic to harm humans or animals (Levack). The common belief upon European citizens was that individuals who used demonic magic would call upon evil spirits to gain access to power and cause harm through ritual means. The groups that were the most vulnerable to being accused as alleged witches were women and children. The majority of trials occurred between 1560 and 1650, when religious tensions were strong and economic conditions severe. During this time,…

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    Edmunds witch trials were a series of trials that were led by the Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins. They occurred in the town of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, sporadically between 1645 and 1694. Matthew Hopkins was able to convict and execute 18 people in one day. Matthew Hopkins had learned about witchcraft from the book demonology writien by King James the 1st. After beginning to go on his own witchcraft hunts he wrote his own pamphlet on the matter called ‘The Discovery of…

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    Role Of Witchcraft

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    Seeing the circumstances of the times, it is obivous to see why there might have been a inclination to gender witchcraft as a female crime. Witchcraft was not only a psychological epidemic but it also became a way for the church to control that which they feared and did not accept. It was no coincidence that the characteristics that described a witch were also those which were highly undesirable in women of the time. During the witch hunts, it was these women that were more likely to be sought,…

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    Boiled in oil and pierced with thin needles. Cut with silver daggers and burned in crucibles. Peeled off the skin, inch by inch. This was how executioners and judges handled pagans and witches in 16th century France. From 1560 to 1630, over 60,000 accused European witches died in the largest witch hunt in recorded history: the Great Witch Craze. Women especially were accused for a myriad of illogical reasons: being angry with a neighbor whose livestock fell ill or speaking out against the…

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    In the book Witches and Witch-Hunts” written by Wolfgang Behringer, he claims that “Contemporary anti-witchcraft movements illustrate the meaning of traditional witchcraft as an explanation of evil.” (Behringer 7) The portrayal of witches in the media today are still mostly women that are power hungry and selfish. In the show, American Horror Story: Coven, witches are portrayed by women of all colors and men portrays witch hunters who savagely hunts and murders witches. The leading female…

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