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History of Massachusetts: The Salem Witch Trials

18 Jan 2017 21:24 | Author: User1492151244 | Category: Projectcoordinator sample resume

As a devout and strongly religious community living in near isolation in the mysterious New World, the community of Salem had a heightened sense of fear of the Devil and then experienced a “trigger” when Tituba, one of the accused witches, confessed that she and others were in fact witches working for the Devil.

The Massachusetts Bay colonists had accused and convicted people of witchcraft before, starting with Margaret Jones in 1648, but nobody in the colony had ever confessed to being a witch before or ominously stated that there were other witches out there. Tituba’s simple confession reinforced all of the colonist’s underlying fears.

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    User1491392004 17 Jan 2017 22:39

    The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were a dark time in American history. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 were killed during the hysteria.

    Ever since those dark days ended, the trials have become synonymous with mass hysteria and scapegoating. The following are some facts about the Salem Witch Trials:


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    What evil spirit have you familiarity with?
    None.
    Have you made no contract with the devil?
    No.
    Why do you hurt these children?
    I do not hurt them. I scorn it.
    Who do you imploy then to do it?
    I imploy no body.
    What creature do you imploy then?
    No creature. I am falsely accused.

    Pressured to identify the source of their affliction, the girls named three women, including Tituba, Parris' Carib Indian slave, as witches. On February 29, warrants were issued for the arrests of Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne.

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    heavyelephant633 18 Jan 2017 09:16

    Compare and Contrast: The Crucible The Crucible, written in the early 1950’s by Arthur Miller, is a play about the witch trials of 1692 that took place in Salem, Massachusetts. These witch trials are very similar to the hunt for communists of the 1950’s. Both trials involved the prosecution, and execution, of people who were most likely innocent. In each trail the accused were indicted on only witness’ testimonies and minimal evidence. The Salem witch trials and the hunt for communists are very similar yet have many differences. “Salem, Massachusetts, in the spring of the year 1692” (3). As one can read in the first paragraph of The Crucible, the setting of the Salem witch trials is in the town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Salem is a small town where strict Puritan society rules and everybody knows everybody else. The town consists of the town meeting house and “A few small-windowed, dark houses snuggling against the raw Massachusetts winter” (4). The trials took place in the meeting house, which served as both the church and courtroom among other things. The trials were not known around the country until some time after they had taken place. The hunt for communists took place on a much wider scale than the Salem witch trials. “McCarthy’s Ant The main accuser in the Salem witch trials is Abigail Williams. She is first accusing people because she herself is under fire for the illness of a young girl in the town. She shifts the focus from herself by accusing Mr. Parris’ black slave named Tituba, who she knows will be an easy target: s Anti-Communist sentiment swept the nation” (Proquest). While the Salem witch trials only affected a small town, the hunt for communists swept the entire nation. Trials trying suspected communists took place all over the United States whereas the Salem witch trials were an isolated occurrence and did not storm the nation. I believe that in both 1692 and the 1950’s people were falsely accused and put to death. The scene was set for two trials bound to end in death no matter what the evidence. The defendants were falsely accused, most times for the benefit of the accuser. The accusers were ruthless in their accusations, having the intention to harm those they accused. The Salem witch trials took place a long time ago, yet demonstrated the same human brutality that was present in the Communist hunts of the 1950’s. Both the Salem witch trials and the Communist hunts had many things in common, yet were completely different.

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    beautifulwolf891 17 Jan 2017 22:22

    The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were a dark time in American history. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 were killed during the hysteria.

    Ever since those dark days ended, the trials have become synonymous with mass hysteria and scapegoating. The following are some facts about the Salem Witch Trials:


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    Educational
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    User1489025039 18 Jan 2017 01:31

    The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were a dark time in American history. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 were killed during the hysteria.

    Ever since those dark days ended, the trials have become synonymous with mass hysteria and scapegoating. The following are some facts about the Salem Witch Trials:


    Project Staff | Contact Us| Credits

    Educational
    Historical Works
    Database Search

    Salem Witch Trials Sitemap

    • The Stones
    • The Memorial
    • Chronology
    A Chronology of Events

    What evil spirit have you familiarity with?
    None.
    Have you made no contract with the devil?
    No.
    Why do you hurt these children?
    I do not hurt them. I scorn it.
    Who do you imploy then to do it?
    I imploy no body.
    What creature do you imploy then?
    No creature. I am falsely accused.

    Pressured to identify the source of their affliction, the girls named three women, including Tituba, Parris'' Carib Indian slave, as witches. On February 29, warrants were issued for the arrests of Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne.

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    User1490561180 18 Jan 2017 00:48

    Close to two decades ago I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond- I believe that is along the lines of what you are looking for. Sorry, I don t remember the author.

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    User1487031384 18 Jan 2017 00:45

    Actually, Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible to criticize the Communist hearings, which he regarded a witch hunt. He used the Salem witch trials because the atmosphere of his play to exhibit how folks activate one a different and the value of saving one s identify.