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The Salem Witch Trials

During the years 1692, fear of devil worshipping and witch craft swept through the city of Salem, Massachusetts. More than 200 men, women and children were accused of witch craft. Of those 200, 20 people were executed. They were taken down to Gallows Hill where each was hanged for their crime. The trials went on for about a year; more and more people came forth with accusations of others who they thought were practicing witch craft or being possessed by the devil. Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted (Blumberg). Due to mass hysteria citizens of Salem were wrongly accused and convicted of witch craft. It all began on January 20, 2013 when two girls, Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris, started to display strange behaviors. They began to have fits described as "beyond the power of Epileptic Fits or natural disease to effect" by John Hale, minister in nearby Beverly (Hale). Such behaviors included seizures, uncontrollable screaming and contorting of their bodies. Several other girls began to experience the weird behavior and the town became very concerned. It did seem strange for all of these people to keep having the same sort of strange behaviors. The physicians called in to examine the girls could find no natural cause of the disturbing behavior (eyewitnesshistory). It seemed that the town was not satisfied with the explanation so they had to come up with some sort of reasoning for the behaviors. Abigail and Elizabeth had come forward and told the people of the town that it was the fault of three women who had afflicted them. Their names were Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba. These women would be deemed the cause of the un- natural behaviors. Sarah good was a homeless beggar who was accused of witch craft because of her horrible reputation. She was known to beg for food and shelter from her neighbors. Sarah Osborne was a woman who rarely

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