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    Although the majority of the afflicted during the Salem Witch Trials were women, some historians believe that the men of the village were the true driving force behind the trials. Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum are two such people, and in their book Salem Possessed: The Social Origins Of Witchcraft, they write about their discoveries concerning the long standing economic and political issues underlying the trials in Salem. Within their work, they split the citizens of Salem into two separate factions: those who wanted autonomy of Salem Village, led by the Putnam family, and those who were more interested in Salem Town, led by the Porters. At the most basic level, the feud starts with the tangible divide of land borders between the village…

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    Ergotism In Salem

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    In 1692, the town of Salem in the Massachusetts saw the rise of paranoia to power and the degradation of social order the likes of which has never been seen in American History. An entire community of people swept up in a sudden outbreak of elaborate scheming, finger-pointing, and witchcraft that ended in tragedy. Was it down the fault of Puritanism, economic conspiracy within Salem, or a group of young girls too afraid of getting caught in a lie to reveal the truth? As anything in history, the…

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    village, Salem. There had already been a trial the month before. Why were groups of people hanged for witchcraft in Salem in 1962. There were some poor teenage girls drunk with power and they started the Salem witch trials. The teenage girls accused older women of witchcraft, some little girls were drunk with power, and the poor people were jealous of the rich people. There were some teenage girls who were wildly accusing older women left and right. 22 out of 29 of the accusers were in…

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    To what extent does hypocrisy affect society? Hypocrisy is normally seen as a personal issue and it’s societal impacts are often overlooked. During the Salem witch trials, hypocrisy played a huge role in the hangings of 19 people. It created mass hysteria, which deeply affected how Salem’s societal values were interpreted. Hypocrisy is ultimately responsible for the events in Salem and The Crucible, as characters try to cover up their own flaws with lies, leading to innocent people being hanged…

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    In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Salem trials which took place in 1692, it was mobile and many people were being accused. They were going through a dark error with no control over who they claimed incorporated with the devil. They tried to gain a little control but, it only got worse; however, if it wasn't for the corrupt reverend in town who kept things a secret for a while, it wouldn't have gone as far as it went. The series of trials led to the deaths of innocent people, including John…

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    Salem Witch Trials

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    Anh Nguyen Research paper The Salem Witch Trials Religions have long been not only a controversial topic among societies, but it also played an important role as a foundation of the early North American social as well as religious life. As their main belief was that God should be involved in aspects of one’s life and worshiped constantly, any behaviors or motivation going against his will were all considered as sins, thus, they must be punished. One of the great way to envision…

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    Salem Witchcraft Trials

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    about Salem? Salem is a coastal town in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. Salem is a New England bedrock of history and is considered one of the most significant seaports in Puritan American history. Salem was founded in 1629 by the Puritans. Puritans, the people who did not recognize the authority of the official church and followers of Calvinism in England in the XVI-XVII centuries. The increase in the refugee population in Salem, led to a shortage of arable land and it has…

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    Have you ever once wondered what it would feel like to see one witch, let alone a whole bunch of them? What it would feel like to witness one of the the most dramatic and devastating events of history? Well it ever so happened to be that in the year of 1692 that is exactly what happened. Sadly, twenty people lost their lives because other people were convinced that they were practicing witchcraft. In 1692 the Salem witchcraft trials began when a few deceitful girls accused faultless people…

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    Salem Mass Hysteria

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    By most historians the Salem Witch Trails were a product of mass hysteria; it all fueled by hearsay and distorted stories – even out of mere dislike of a neighbor. The Puritans, who had left England for religious freedom, noticed more and more individualism of the people of Salem and felt a loss of control of them. They used this hysteria, to try and bring them back to the church, but people even became weary of church members and suspected them of witchcraft. The extremely religious community,…

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    Were socioeconomic tensions responsible for the witchcraft hysteria in Salem? YES Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum believe that the political and economic tensions among the people of Salem, Massachusetts are to blame for the chaos in regards to witchcraft. They compare the events to a dramatic set piece where the town was in a power battle between political members and clergymen with the common folk and famers. Farmers were adamant about not becoming a part of commercial communism, wanting a…

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