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The Salem Witch Trials

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Daniel Frederick

on 6 November 2013

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The Salem Witch Trials
By: Daniel Frederick & Lucy West
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The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. As a wave of hysteria spread throughout colonial Massachusetts, a special court convened in Salem to hear the cases; the first convicted witch, Bridget Bishop, was hanged that June.
Give a description of the typical person accused of witchcraft.
I can has Cheezburger
A few reasons why people were accused of being witches is, they heard voices which they thought was the devil, if they sneezed a lot, if they had a lot of moles and warts, and a confessed "witch" accuses you of being a fellow witch.
Give a description of the typical accuser in the Salem Witch Trials.
Individuals would accuse some people they may not like of being a witch. They would accuse the other of giving them the evil eye, making them sick, or poisoning their cattle.
Why do you think so many of the accusers were young?
Because some of them were not well experienced and when something was strange and it was happening with a woman, they thought that they were witches when more than half the time they were wrong.
Considering the time period, do you believe the accused received a fair trial? Why or why not?

Well it was very unfair since a boy could just say that a woman was a witch and they wouldn't have a trial, wouldn't let the woman speak. They would just tie her to a pole and burn her. More than half of the woman lived but the others all died and no body seemed to care.
Do you think the judges had anything to gain by serving on the witchcraft court or by any of their verdicts?
No, because the accuser would forge evidence against the suspected witch, trying to make their claims far too obvious, making a trail unnecessary. Most of the time, the judges were very biased, meaning they wouldn't make a fair decision.
What piece of evidence proved the most crucial in guilty verdicts?
What groups of people in our society today might be considered the victims of modern-day "witch hunts"? What lessons can we learn from the events in Salem in 1692 to give us wisdom for dealing with such issues in our times?
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The reciting of the Lord's Prayer. It seems simple now, but a simple stutter or misspeak made you a witch. One slip of the tongue meant that you were guilty. This prayer was so important, that only the unfaithful could not recite it perfectly, meaning they were a witch.
Several groups of people could be considered victims of "witch hunts", but I find that most of them have Hispanic or African American backgrounds. Not to be racist, but the police stop African Americans more often, searching for drugs and such for no apparent reason, even though others are just as likely to be committing a crime. We need to learn from Salem not to be biased. If someone is accused of something and the evidence is obvious, it could be forged. The accused have the right to a fair trial no matter what. It would be terrible to throw someone into prison or kill them for something they didn't do. As William Blackstone once said, "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer".
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