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The Salem Witch Trial
Transcript of The Salem Witch Trial
The Salem Witch Trials occurred in Colonial Massachusetts between the time set of 1692 and 1693. This was the result of a period of Puritan paranoia which led to the deaths of about twenty citizens.
How it Started
Betty Paris, Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam Jr., and Betty Hubbard were the first locals to be suspected of being bewitched. The Puritans concluded that the girls were put under a spell, They were questioned to name their tormentors, The girls named many community members. It was believed that they did this out of jealousy and disputes.
To heal those who were taken over the local Priest suggested that prayer, and fasting to God would be the best cure. Another one of the locals proposed a plan of baking a "witch-cake" which included urine of those who were afflicted, to feed to the family dog. This strategy did nothing to heal those. The village decided to take those who confessed to being taken by the Devil and setting them in jail awaiting trial, while those who denied it were executed.
The trials were a series of court proceedings to determine whether or not those accused were guilty or innocent of witchcraft. They began in February 1692, the first three women to stand trial were Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba which were all sent to jail. Towards the end of April 1693 the last five accused stood trial they all were found innocent, ending the trials for good.
By the time it was all done and over with in Salem, almost 150 people were arrested, 31 people were tried, 19 (13 were women) were hung, 1 old man was crushed to death by rocks, and an additional 2 died in jail awaiting trial. 14 years after the trials Ann Putnman admitted that all the people she had accused were innocent.
The Salem Witch Trials
By: Karen Gomez / Pd. 2
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The Salem Witch Trials was a wave of hysteria during the late 1600's, it all began with a group of girls who all started acting strangely leading the community to believing that they were victims of witchcraft. The girls didn't have explanations for their actions so they decided to blame 3 other women (disabled, slave, and widowed) for their behavior. This all led to the trials (1692) which put many lives in danger and ending 20, they came to an end in 1693. After a few months after it ended the community regained its balance, and went back to normal. Historians believe that the trials is a reflection of the colonists fears over political changes occurring.