B020 Sum 13
July 21, 2013
The Salem Witch Trails started in Massachusetts from 1692 and lasted until 1693. There was about 200 people who were accused of practicing witchcraft, or Devil’s Magic, and about twenty of them were executed. Soon after the trials, the colonist admitted the trials were a mistake and the families of those who were executed were paid or compensated for their loss.
During this time, many Christians believed that certain people were known to have the ability to harm people because the devil gave them powers. This belief became very popular during the 1300s to 1600s. There were thousands of people who were blamed to be involved in witch craft, most of them were women.
In January 1692, there were three women that were brought before the magistrates, or judges, and interrogated starting in March, 1692. One was the Reverend Parris Daughter Elizabeth and the niece Abigail Williams, who started to scream, throwing things, saying peculiar sounds, and contorted themselves into strange positions. The doctor said it was supernatural and ordered them to be put in jail.
Later there was a steam of accusations that followed. The first three people to be accused of witchcraft were Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborn. One of them were charged against Martha Corey, who was a concerned and loyal member of a church in Salem and the community. Magistrates questioned a lot of people including Sarah Good’s 4 year old daughter, Dorothy, and her answers were brought into a confession as what the magistrates believed to be witch craft. The people were then questioned by Governor Thomas Danforth.
During this time they documented the words that were said during trial to use against them. These are available to read at this time. Later on May 27, 1692, Governor William Phipps established a special court of people to hear and decide for the counties of Suffolk, Essex, and Middlesex. Then the very first case was of...
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