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The Salem Witch Trials

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Jenna Johnston

on 31 October 2013

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Transcript of The Salem Witch Trials

What are the Salem Witch Trials?

The Salem Witch Trials is an event of witchcraft hysteria in the colonial times. Some describe it as “ The Salem witch trials were America’s most notorious episode of witchcraft hysteria”.

Witches have been considered ugly with a wart on their face and a pointy hat and a broom. This stereotype is used very commonly for witches, but witches are very different. In the colonial times, witches were real women believed to work for the devil. People were so scared of witches that they devised tests to determine if they were a witch or not. Such as seeing if they have moles, scars or birthmarks, to see where the devil had touched them. Then they were blindfolded and the marks were poked with needles, if they didn't feel pain then they were guilty. As you can see witches were hated in the colonial times.
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The Effects of the Salem Witch Trials
The Salem witch trials effected the world's understanding of witches and their way of life. People saw witches as people working for the devil but learned that they're not so bad. In my opinion the Salem witch trials taught us that we shouldn't believe in stereotypes but that we should get to know people before we judge them.

The Victims
The Witches of the Colonial Times
The Salem Witch Trials
"The affects of the Salem Village witch trials were devastating: 141 people imprisoned, 19 people executed, and two more died from other causes directly related to the investigations.1 The Salem witch trials would account for a quarter of all people executed for the crime of witchcraft in the history of New England,2 and would furthermore prove to be the very last time anyone was ever legally accused of witchcraft in New England as well as the last time in the history of the English colonies that a suspected witch was convicted and executed."
(eCallis, Marc)

The Aftermath
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A woman is being prosicuted as a witch.
"Many people were falsely accused of witchcraft. Blaming witches for bad luck was an easy way of explaining everything from business failures to floods and fires. Most frightening was that anyone could be called a witch. According to popular belief, witches spent most of their lives looking and acting like ordinary people". (Blumberg, Rhoda) "

In January 1692, a group of young girls in colonial Salem, Massachusetts, began to act strangely. They babbled and screamed that they were being tortured. They shook, stared, laughed for no reason, and fell down on the floor in fits.The town's Puritan minister, Samuel Parris, believed he knew what was wrong with the girls: They were bewitched. And at his urging, the girls accused three Salem women of being witches and of placing spells on them."
("Salem Witch Trials." America the Beautiful. Grolier Online, 2013. Web. 30 Oct. 2013)
The Begining
This Prezi was created by Jenna Johnston and Maya Morse in
Mrs.Schrauben's 7th hour class. This fantastic presentation was happily finished on October 30, 2013.
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