Salem Witch Trials

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The Salem Witch Trials
I: Introduction
Attention Getter: During the Salem Witch Trials, about 200 people would be accused of Witchcraft, 19 would be executed as witches, and one man is his 80's would be put to death by stacking stone upon stone on his chest. General Purpose: To educate my audience about the Salem Witch Trials. Specific Purpose: My purpose is to display to you the power of fear in a place like Salem, or any place when they have the “witch hunt mentality.” Thesis Statement: The witch trials was a product of great fear, the want to stomp out evil, along with a story that will live on forever. Establish Credibility: I may not be an expert, however I have learned lots of the history that was the Salem Witch Trials, the Puritans, and witch hunts in general. I did this by reading books from our library, along with a teaching guide, several scholarly articles, along with a history channel movie. Preview Main Points: First, I will explain who the Puritans were along with, what they believed in. Secondly, I will explain how the hunt of witches started in Salem Village. Thirdly, how it progressed. Lastly, I will explain how it ended.

Transition Sentence: First off, to prepare you for the witch accusations, I will breakdown who the Puritans were and how they came to Salem Village. Body
Main Point 1: The Puritans had a very strict religion and thats what brought them to America. 1. Heyrman, Christine Leigh declares in her teaching guide on Puritanism and Predesination, that The Puritans were religious reformers that developed in the sixteenth century England. They believed that the Holy Bible was the law, wanting to purify culture. Arbella Conventant in 1630 once stated in a sermon speaking to the puritan society, “For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people upon us. “ Their conviction was that not all would be selected to go to heaven and that God knew who would go to heaven and who would not before history began. The people who were “predestined” to go to heaven, or the elect, had the ability to interpret the will of God. People who were considered to be the Elect had to go through conversion through their church, they also had to be “visibly Godly” and to reject all the sinful ways of the corrupt.

Transition Sentence: Consequently, now that you know a little bit more about the puritans, it is crucial to know how the witch hunts initially started in Salem Village. Main Point 2: How the witch trials started was a reaction of the state of the village, young girls accusations against other women, and the trials against those women. To set the scene Salem Village, it is called a village however it is more like a few towns and farm settlements. The village was settled in 1626 by the Puritans. This was considered to be in New England. The people in Salem were more focused on local matters than they were on building a new country. After reading Robert Rapley's “Witch Hunts from Salem to Guantanamo Bay” I learned that, It was also commonly accepted that women were more likely to be witches. There was a fear of women because they are portrayed at corrupter's of men through out the Bible. Take for example Eve convincing Adam to eat the forbidden fruit. So, it was more so plausible for a women to be an agent of the devil, to be his allies in witchcraft. Minister Samuel Parris settled in Salem Village in 1689. The previous reverend George Burroughs and his predecessor left the village because of all the disputes in the town, the constant criticism, and all the fighting. February of 1692, 9 year old Elizabeth Parris and the 11 year old Abigale Williams claimed that Sarah Good for supposition of witchcraft. At the end of 1691 they began to act strange. Sarah Good received a warrant, along with Sarah Osborne. Quite a few more accusers came from the shadows all claiming to be suffering from the acts of...
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