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SALEM WITCH TRIALS
Transcript of SALEM WITCH TRIALS
When? THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS The Victims -Bridget Bishop
-Mary Parker -John Willard
-George Jacobs Sr.
-Margaret Scott Salem is now known as Danvers, MA Religious Beliefs (Belief in God and Satan specifically) greatly influenced the cause of the witchcraft accusations. Events such as disease, natural catastrophes, and bad occurrences overall were blamed on the Devil. Witches were also known to have confessed in other towns and even during the events in Salem, so why wouldn't witches be real? Boredom during the harsh winters also gave rise to a twisted form of entertainment. Causes INTERPRETATION Historians believe that trials happened because of the religious tensions of the time
Some people believe that they used the accusations to get back at others that they had disputes with because the accused would die.
They blamed the crisis on the Indian war as the girls had post traumatic stress.
They claim the reason as teenage angst as many accusers were teenagers. They believed that witchcraft really did happen in Salem because Tituba was practicing voodoo, and because of the belief, everyone went crazy.
Some think it was sexism, as many of the accused were women.
One historian believed the cause was a fungus, as it caused LSD type hallucinations from a fungus called Ergot that grows on bread. Many scientists disproved this because they looked healthy. They believed that witchcraft really did happen in salem because the -John Hathorne: judge in the Salem Witch Trials
-William Stoughton: Chief Judge
-George Corwin: Sheriff of County Essex
-Peter Sargent: Associate Judge
-Samuel Sewell: Associate Judge
-John Richards: Associate Judge
-Thomas Newton: Attorney General For Court Prosecutors The religion in Salem was puritanism
The government was controlled by the minister of the town. With, religion running the town religion was law. In the end, whatever the church said was law and the town did not question the idea of witches in Salem. If anyone in the town questioned witches, they were thought to be controlled by the devil. Religion in Salem Linder, Douglas. "The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692." Salwm Witchcraft Trials 1692. UMKC, 9/2009. Web. 11 Oct 2012. <http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/salem.htm>. Bibliography The Trial of Rebecca Nurse Examination of a Witch The trials have shown how fragile society is. Just a quick little scheme formed by young children brought shame to an entire village. The supposedly civilized people in Salem were accusing people left and right for witchcraft, even though they most likely weren't a witch. Therefore, now more evidence is needed to prove one is guilty.