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The Salem Witchcraft Trials

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Madalyn Parrott

on 17 September 2012

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Group #2 Sean, Maddy, Joey, Elizabeth, Theresa, and Alex The Salem Witchcraft Trials It was widely believed in early modern Christian Europe that witches were in league with the Devil and used their powers to harm people and property. It was increasingly believed that Christianity was engaged in an apocalyptic battle against the Devil and his secret army of witches, who had entered into a diabolical pact. What were some beliefs about witchcraft and witches people held in the past? The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft. What were the Salem witchcraft trials? There was a case in which a group of teen girls in Salem were having fits when questioned by adults they named a circle of local people was witches or wizards. The main people they named were middle age women and men, and people who were seen as "outsiders" or strange. By the end of the summer hundreds had been accused, 27 put on trial and 19 executed. What are some possible explanations for the Salem witchcraft trials? They could plead guilty, confess, and be forgiven, then executed. They could plead innocent, be trialed, found guilty, then executed. They were all hanged and tortured. What options did an accused witch have in Salem? The Salem Witch Trials took place in 1692 in Massachusetts. Over 150 people were accused of being witches, 19 people were hanged, and one person, who refused to enter a plea, was crushed to death. How quickly did things get out of hand in Salem? The witch trials era lasted less than a year. The first arrests were made on March 1, 1692 and the final hanging day was September 22, 1692. How long did the Salem witchcraft trials go on for? Simple as someone acting strange or doing something abnormal was enough evidence to accuse him/her as a witch. What sort of evidence was used to arrest accused witches? Yes in some countries like, South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria. Do "witch hunts" still happen? The Red Scare: when many innocent people got in trouble out of the fear that they could be Communists Can you think of anything else that has happened in this country that would also be considered a "witch hunt"?
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