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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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    The events that happen in The Salem Trial in 1962 were tragic, and it led to men and women being hanged. These events had court trials where magistrate decided if the suspect was guilty or innocent. The trials were termed as unfair since the procedures used were not fair to the defendants and immoral lifestyle is what made the accused witches seem as if they were guilty of witchcraft. The evidence that was used by the court was grouped into various categories. Initially, spectral evidence…

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    Witchcraft was a very serious topic in Salem. For just one act of witch craft a woman could have been set to prison or hanged. The causes for this were the fact that they were settled in a new area and it was very difficult for them. While adjusting to a place after leaving home can be difficult, I personally think that in the stress of getting their new life settled they started to practice forms of witch craft. Another reason that caused witchcraft was religion. The puritans were so religious…

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    in 1692. In Massachusetts Salem Trials first began in January of 1692 when a group of young girls, who later came to known as the “afflicted girls” felt sick after playing a fortune-telling game and began behaving strangely(Brooks). More than 200 people were accused of using witch craft. Like many other people the write, found this information interesting that she chose to learn more about it. Doing so she used the website http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/salem.htm , to gain…

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    The Salem Witch Trial In 1629, Salem was settled as a Massachusetts Bay Colony (Dunn 4). Little did anybody know that in about 50 years, this land would turn into one of the most remembered and haunted places in the world. In Salem, in the years between 1692 and 1693, over 150 people were accused of witchcraft, and 20 people were executed because of this accusation (“First Salem Witch Hanging”). This report will explain exactly how these executions happened and some of the dark conspiracies that…

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    fungus contaminated the crops harvested by the people of Salem, Massachusetts which developed the hallucinations of the citizens and started the Salem Witch Trials. In 1692, they harvested a great deal of wheat, rye and cereal grasses. Ergot, or ergot poisoning, is a fungus that attacks the central nervous system and causes muscle contractions, confusion, impaired speech, crawling sensations on the skin and hallucinations. The girls in Salem had feelings of pricking or pinching skin sensations,…

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    The Salem witch trials began in February 1692 when two young children, Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris, began to act in a strange manner (chronology of events relating to the Salem witch trials, n.d.), showing signs of fits and hysterics (important persons in the Salem court records, n.d.). During this period in time where fear of the devil was much more common and superstition was a part of daily life for practically everyone it was easiest to blame witchcraft when both girls spoke of…

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    The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria The Salem witchcraft hysteria is an event that occurred during the February 0f 1692 through May of 1693 in colonial Massachusetts. There were a series of trails that resulted in twenty executions, one hanging, and five deaths in prison, all of people accused of witchcraft. The question you may ask is what caused the Salem witch trails. That question has been asked since the event occurred. Will anyone ever have a definitive answer? Probably not, it is not a complex…

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    Nina Wise Professor Bruce Franklin HIST2013 14 September 2016 Salem Witch Trials In order to understand the Salem Witch Trials, you must first understand the Puritan belief in the supernatural. The Puritans believed that witches allied themselves with the devil to carry out evil deeds and anything bad that happened in the colonies such as death or illnesses were more times than not blamed on the work of witches (Boundless). They also believed in the wrath of God and they took any measure…

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    There are many hypotheses on how the Salem Witch Trials began. In Salem 1692, many innocent people were put to death. Salem is a miniature town with a population of 600 people. Many of these people grew up with each other, but why would they accuse one another for being a witch if they knew them for ages? In this paper, I argue that LSD mixing into the supplies of grain, people acting to get the attention, and jealousy caused the Salem Witch Trial hysteria in 1692. LSD getting into the supply…

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