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Salem Witch Trials
Transcript of Salem Witch Trials
At the trials in Salem, Massachusetts, the people who were accused would usually be pleading innocent. Though there was no real evidence against those on trial, almost all were ruled guilty of witchcraft. The girls who accused the men and women as witches would often be present, and when asked if the person on trial was their tormentor, they would have seizures that the afflicted girls claimed were caused by the person on trial spiritually. As the trials went on over 150 people were sent to prison.
It was only when Sir William Phips was appointed as governor when trials began to reoccur and those who were guilty of witchcraft would be sentenced to death by hanging. Eventually Governor Phips stopped the trials and let the remaining witches in prison out if they payed their jail fees. This then ended the notorious Salem Witch Trials.
The Salem Witch Trials
The witch hunts began on one winter evening when a group of young girls were practicing witchcraft with a slave Tituba. The girls became afraid of the witch after one girl saw a frightening image of a coffin. This then lead up to the young ladies accusing many innocent people as witches.
In The End
Now look at your slip of paper and see who you are.
If you received Betty Parris or Abigail Williams you:
Were one of the first girls who originally participated in witchcraft with the servant Tituba. You also began the extreme seizures and the accusations of innocent men and women .
If you received Tituba you:
were the servant for Samuel Parris (Salem's minister), whose daughter was Betty Parris. You were one of the very first witches to be accused of witchcraft and also claimed guilty of the charge. During your confession you said that in order to get to different places you would ride on a broom or stick. Also during your confession you said that there were several witches who had not yet been found, contributing to the witch hunts throughout Salem.
If you received Bridget Bishop you:
were unfortunately the very first person to be put on trial after Sir Phips became governor. You claimed innocent but were eventually sentenced guilty and death by hanging. This began the rapid hangings of 18 more women and men on Gallows Hill.
Finally if you received Governor Sir William Phips you:
Became governor after the trials had already started in Salem. After making witchcraft punishable by death, all trials were to be redone. Eventually you let out all accused witches still in jail if they paid their jail fees.
The Ending Results
After all was done:
19 men and women were killed by hanging.
Over 150 people were sent to prison were they were starved and chained to walls.
Most accusations made were against innocent men and women whose lives were instantly changed afterward.
The Salem Witch Trials
: Salem, Massachusetts
Tituba: http://people.ucls.uchicago.edu/~snekros/Webmaster34/Home_0clip_image002.png, http://salem-witch-trials.wikispaces.com/file/view/tituba.jpg/33749169/tituba.jpg
Betty and Abigail: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/images/crucible_2a.jpg
Bridget Bishop: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/80/TheSalemMartyr-Noble.jpg
Sir Willaiam Phips: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2e/Phips_portrait.jpg/220px-Phips_portrait.jpg
Trial Picture: http://0.tqn.com/d/womenshistory/1/0/l/t/2/Salem-Witch-Trials-51239522a.jpg
Salem Sign: http://www.sunjournal.com/files/imagecache/story_large/2010/10/04/salemwitchmuseum.jpg