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The Salem Witch Trials
Transcript of The Salem Witch Trials
who was involved ?
Hysteria had spread so in January of 1697 the General Court orders a day of fasting for the chaos in the Salem Witch Trials. Many apologized for their false accusations of others and legislation was passed to restore the names of the condemned. The town would remain damaged for a long period of time, even after when the play based on these events came out in the 20th century.
outcome of the trials
how do historians interpret these events?
Samuel seawall- judged who condemned innocent people.
William Stoughton-chief of justice at the time of the trials.
Sir William Phips- governor who founded the court specializing in witchcraft trials.
Briget Bishop- first to be executed.
Rev. Geroge Burroughs-first puritan minister to be executed.
Mary Easty-sister of Rebecca Nurse
Geroge Jacobs Sr.-accused of being a wizard and was hanged
Hysteria is a type of exaggerated and/or uncontrollable emotion, especially in a group of people. In this case, the chaos of the Salem Witch Trials had caused so much stress on the town that many people when into the state of hysteria.
The Salem witch trials pose a problem for historians to interpret because of its unusual nature. No one interpretation has been universally accepted because of the questionable motives and use of spectral evidence. To better understand the hysteria historians analyze the psychological aspects well as the civil tensions in Salem.
-There have been scientific explanation -There have also been medical Explanations.
Historians have tried to draw a parallel between the "witchcraft" and a certain disease by the name of encephalitis lethargica, which was part of an epidemic near the time of the trials.
Some historians believed that the symptoms of the "witchcraft" could have simply been food poisoning from the rye they were growing at the time, and since the climate was a certain way, the rye had been producing a fungus called Ergot, which causes symptoms very similar to those that the girls were experiencing.
Encephalitis lethargica is a disease with symptoms of high fever, headache, double vision, lethargy etc.