Salem Witch Trials And The Salem Witch Trials

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There were some rough times in America, as it was being colonized by the English settlers. There was an exceptionally difficult time in Salem, Massachusetts in the early 1690s. This was the year that the Salem Witch Trials began. It was a time where none of the townsfolk trusted anyone and reports people for the silliest of things. These reportings lead to a series of cases of witchcraft in Massachusetts. These trials began in February of 1692 and drew out till 1693. It was one brutal year for the colonists of Salem that year (Brooks).
It all started out in January of 1692. Elizabeth Parris, a 9-year-old, and Abigail Williams, the 11-year daughter of Salem’s minister, began having fits. These fits weren’t just the typical child hissy fit or tantrum. These fits were considered demonic and involved the two young girls violently contorting themselves into abnormal positions, throwing random items, uttering strange things, and screaming out uncontrollably. The father of Abigail
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A warrant for Tituba, Good, and Osborne’s arrest was then issued. They all went before the local magistrates on March 1, 1692. They were interrogated for several days. Both Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne pleaded not guilty, but it was a different story for Tituba. In her trial, she said, “"The Devil came to me and bid me serve him." Not only did this was confessed, but she also confessed that she was seeing things. She said she saw elaborate black dogs, red cats, and yellow birds. The most frightful thing she said she saw was a “black man” who wanted her to sign his book; in this day, the “black man” was considered the Devil, himself. She admitted that she and the others signed his book and sold herself to be a witch for the Devil, so she and the others could ruin the Puritan culture and ideals

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