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Psychology of Mass Hysteria

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Alex Syed

on 5 October 2012

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Psychology of
Mass Hysteria What is mass hysteria? What were their fears and anxieties? What methods were used to determine if someone was practicing witchcraft? Works Cited How could someone be accused of witchcraft? Two main divisions:
Salem Town
wealthy merchants
Salem Village (Salem Farms)
poor farmers Spectral evidence
Unexplainable phenomena
Social outcast
Fear of violating sacred tenets
Women, children, and the insane were considered weak
Most notorious example of hysteria in Salem Witch Trials Pressing- Stones on boards placed onto the accused body. Cheever, Jenney. “The Witch Tests of the Salem Witch Trials” life123. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.

"Life in Salem 1692 - Economic and Social Divisions." Salem Witch Trials. Discovery Education, 2012. Web. 27 Sept. 2012.

Mason Crest, Publishers. "Hunting The Witches." History & Methods of Torture. 57. US: Mason Crest Publishers, 2003. History Reference Center. Web. 27 Sept. 2012.

“Religion and Witchcraft.” Salem Witch Trials. Discovery Education, n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012.

"Salem Witch Trials." Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: War. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 30 Sep. 2012. Alex Syed
Cameron Browning
Briana Varela
Jessleen Rabauliman

Period 3 What was their social structure like? Provincial Gentry Yeomen Indentured Servants (cc) image by rocketboom on Flickr (cc) image by quoimedia on Flickr Social Hierarchy Being hanged
Accused of witchcraft
Finger pointing
Going into trial
Magic and witchcraft Religion Most were Puritans
Left England for religious freedom
Rigid moral code
Those who followed Satan were witches Lord's prayer- The "witch" would have to recite the prayer. Witch cake- Cake baked with the afflicted s urine fed to a dog. A condition affecting a group of persons, characterized by excitement or anxiety, irrational behavior or beliefs, or inexplicable symptoms of illness. Dunking- The persons head is dunked over and over again in water. The floating test- They were thrown in water tied up. The Rack- Arms and legs tied to wheels and pulled in opposite directions
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