The Salem Witchcraft trials in Massachusetts during 1692 resulted in nineteen innocent deaths. Many men and women were hanged and one man was pressed to death. Although Salem was home to the witchcraft trials, the hysteria spread to many towns around Massachusetts. The witchcraft trials are responsible for hundreds of innocent deaths over time. It began at the end of 1691 when a few girls in the town of Salem were seen dancing in the woods. Dancing and partaking in amusing activities was against the Puritan religion. This type of activity, brought on associations with the Devil. The girls gathered in Reverend Samuel Parris' house where their Indian slave named Tituba, headed the rituals. Soon after Tituba and the girls had begun to practice these rituals, the girls who had been involved became very sick and crazy. …show more content…
"A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials." Smithsonian.com. Smithsonian Institution, 23 Oct. 2007. Web. 01 Mar. 2017.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ a-brief-history-of-the-salem-witch-trials-175162489/
Brooks, Rebecca. "History of the Salem Witch Trials." History of Massachusetts. N.p., 18 Feb. 2017. Web. 10 Mar. 2017. http://historyofmassachusetts.org/the-salem-witch-trials/
The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Puritanism." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., 14 Dec. 2015. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.
History.com Staff. "Puritanism." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 14 Mar. 2017. http://www.history.com/topics/puritanism
History.com Staff. "Salem Witch Trials." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2011. Web. 09 Mar. 2017. http://www.history.com/topics/salem-witch-trials
"Salem." Famous Trials. UMKC School of Law, n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2017. http://www.famous-trials.com/salem
Schiff, Stacy. "Inside the Salem Witch Trials." The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 12 Jan. 2016. Web. 11 Mar. 2017.