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Salem Witch Trial

Historical Hysterias The Salem Witchcraft trials are notoriously known in history for its mass hysteria and paranoia within colonial Massachusetts during the 17th century. This paper will identify social and religious factors contributing to the Salem with-hunt, provide insight to who was behind it and why, and compare and contrast other examples of mass hysteria with that of the Salem witch-hunt. In colonial Massachusetts, the Puritan religion touched every aspect of line in the community....

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Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials Introduction During the summer of 1692 marked a major event in history in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witchcraft Trials leaves this country with so many questions as to what happened in that small town. Accusations were made from a group of young girls that various town folk, including a black slave, were in cahoots with the Devil. During this time, Salem seemed to have lacked leadership which led the town’s people to be easily influenced. The Salem Witch...

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Salem Witch Trials

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...

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Salem Witch Trials

classic example of all such social tragedies based on fear and ignorance is that of the colonial era's Salem Witch Trials. While Mc Carthyism was illustrated as a widespread fear of communism that led the United States to pursue unnecessary investigations, imprisonments, and often unprovoked acts against those who were often only remotely accused of being a "dreaded communist", the Salem witch trials led to well over a dozen executions of local women accused of practicing witchcraft and directly...

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the Salem Witch Trials were occurring, it was a time of despair, concern,and many accusations. The events that took place in Salem in 1692 are a part of a greater pattern throughout our history to persecute innocent people, especially women, as witches. Salem was broken into two parts, Salem Town and Salem Village which set it aside by economy, class and character. Salem Village was known as the have nots, mostly consisting of poor farmers who made a living cultivating crops where as Salem Town...

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Tituba Salem Witch Trial

with a book of people who served him and told her to sign it, and when asked if she saw any other names in the book, she said she saw nine but only remembering Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne. Since Tituba’s claim that there were more witches in Salem, the witch hunt officially began and hysteria beset the little settlement. As time went by, more and more accusations were made, mostly by the Girls who claimed to be tormented by visions and specters of the people they had accused. Those types of visions...

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The Salem Witch Trials

US History October 3 2013 The Salem Witch Trials In January 1692, A hysteria developed in a Salem Village located in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The beginning of the Salem Witch Trials started when two girls, Betty Parris, 9 years old and Abigail Williams, 11 years old began acting strangely. They began by having “fits” that could not be explained by the local doctor. The doctor who had no explanation for the fits or convulsion like symptoms deemed it witchcraft. This was the beginning...

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Salem Witch Trial Essay

The Salem Witch Trials of colonial Massachusetts is an infamous event known throughout the entirety of the world. This is a result of the unnecessary executions of a collection of people. The bloodshed of the number of citizens is referred to as unnecessary for the reason that the trials were supposedly surrounded by paranormal activity. Proof that the accused legitimately participated in demonic activities such as witchcraft was incapable of being found. Although it may be factual that it could...

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Salem Witch Trials of 1692

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 In colonial Massachusetts between February of 1692 and May of 1963 over one hundred and fifty people were arrested and imprisoned for the capital felony of witchcraft. Trials were held in Salem Village, Ipswich, Andover and Salem Town of Essex County of Massachusetts, but accusations of witchcraft occurred in surrounding counties as well. Nineteen of the accused, fourteen women and five men, were hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem Village. Hysteria had swept through...

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History Of The Salem Witch Trials

In February of 1692, the Salem Witch Trials began. During this time the community of Salem, Massachusetts were Christians who were in constant fear of the Devil. They feared that the Devil was continuously trying to destroy their Christian community. They were isolated in this New World and often frightened because of the thought of the Devil taking over their lives. They were also under a lot of stress, trying to make it in the New World, which only put more pressure on them. Then the trigger happened...

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