What happened during the Salem Witch Trials? One of the most interesting and fascinating events to ever occur in United States history was the Salem Witch Trials. The trials took place in between February 1692 and May 1693. For over a year women were accused of being a witch, and then hung for the accusations. During the 17th century, witchcraft was used by peasants, and the idea of their “white magic” that helped their agriculture became the idea of “dark magic” and was associated with evil and demons. All of the men and women of Salem blamed all misfortune that happened to them during these times on the devil. During the Salem Witch Trials women were falsely accused of being witches, prosecuted, and suffered a terrible death for something that was not their fault. The original idea of witches originated in the house of Reverend Samuel Parris (Witchcraft in Salem, 2012). His daughter, Elizabeth, and his niece, Abigail, had fallen ill and no one knew what was wrong with them. Abigail’s playmates also fell ill, and the town needed someone to blame. That someone just happened to be Tituba, who was known to tell tales of omens, voodoo, and witchcraft from her heritage to the girls (Linder, 2009). She was ordered by a neighbor, Mary Sibley, to bake a “witch cake”, which is a cake with the afflicted people’s urine, to a dog because at this time the dog was known to be familiar with the devil (Chronology, 2009). Puritans believed that becoming a witch involved bewitching; therefore, the girls could not have possibly brought all this upon themselves and were asked to name who brought this upon them (Witchcraft in Salem, 2012). A few days after the series of contortions and screaming began, Abigail and Elizabeth named Tituba as the one who caused their crazy behavior. After accusing Tituba, Abigail and Elizabeth later blamed Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne of witchcraft as well. The reason the girls claim they got sick is because they supposedly danced a black magic dance in the woods the night before everything started to happen. The three women who were first accused of witchcraft were not just chosen on a whim. Abigail, the main conspirator, and Elizabeth named women who were the cast outs of the community. They accused women who the people of their village would actually believe performed witchcraft. For example, Sarah Good was a homeless beggar who was known to beg for food and shelter from neighbors (Chevers). She was accused of rejecting puritan self-control and expectations; therefore, she made the perfect candidate to take the blame for witchcraft. Another perfect candidate for accusations was Tituba, a housemaid for the Parris family who was known for her story telling. On February 29, 1692, after being accused of witchcraft, arrest warrants were issued for Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne (Chronology, 2009). Sarah Osborne rarely went to church services, and the puritans believed that she had her own interests. After being accused and arrested, Tituba confesses to performing witchcraft, and named both Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne as her coconspirators. As the months progressed more women were accused of being witches and performing witchcraft. These women were typically accused by young girls around Abigail’s preteen age of eleven. All through March of 1962 women were being accused of performing witchcraft, and they were arrested and placed in jail to await their trial. However, now the women that were being accused were not the outcasts. They were women in church, women of the Lord, and now Puritans of Salem were led to believe that witchery could invade anyone. After being accused, arrested, and incarcerated, the women were then examined by the local magistrates for signs of witchery. The first man incarcerated for witchcraft was John Proctor; the reason he was accused and incarcerated was because he protested the examination of his wife, Elizabeth (Chronology, 2009).
The Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials cost many people their lives, planted a seed of paranoia
around the world, and affected many people. The Salem Witch Trials began in
Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. The trials lasted only a little less than a year.
Trials started when two young girls claimed to be afflicted by very violent convulsions,
or strange fits that unabled them to hear, see, or speak. These witch trials led to twenty
executions and nearly two hundred…
on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692
Imagine, just for a minute, living in a time and place where you are not free to practice your own religious or spiritual beliefs and you are forced to live in fear because of persecution by the church and everyone around you. Persecution back in 1692 in Salem Massachusetts was a horrible thing. Those persecuted were hanged, burned, and even pressed against rocks if found guilty of witchcraft. Nineteen men and women were carted to Gallows Hill near Salem Village…
Puritans believed in witches and their ability to harm others. They defined witchcraft as entering into a compact with the devil in exchange for certain powers to do evil. Thus, witchcraft was considered a sin because it denied God’s superiority, and a crime because the witch could call up the Devil in his/her shape to perform cruel acts against others. Therefore, in any case when witchcraft was suspected, it was important that it was investigated thoroughly and the tormentor(s)…
The Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials lasted a time span of 13 months, during which 200 people were accused and 19 people were hung. This was a dark time period in American history because people believe young, teenage girls and it led to people getting killed. The Salem Witch Trials was one of the most important events in American history because many innocent people had their lives taken; even people with power.
The Salem Witch Trials started in 1692 when…
The Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials were a series of court hearings and prosecutions of people accused of performing witchcraft and other supernatural abilities in colonial Massachusetts. These occurred between February 1692 and May 1693. Although they are referred to as the Salem witch trials, the preliminary hearings were done in various towns: Salem Village, Ipswich, Andover, and Salem Town. These trials had a lasting effect on a multitude of things in the formation…
Salem Witch Trials
November 1st, 2012
Spring of 1692 was the only the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials when over 100 people were accused of using witchcraft. This took place in Salem Massachusetts during a time when the devil was strongly believed in. The minister of Salem Village throughout this time was Samuel Parris. His nine year old daughter Betty and his niece, 11 year old Abigail Williams accused their slave Tituba and friend Sarah Good of use of witchcraft after they became “ill”.…
who had a “familiar spirit.”2 Of course, we see it well here in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. The ways the Puritans conducted church contributes to the hysteria aids in the start of the trials. Throughout the trials, the worrisome feeling of being accused only feeds fire to the situation. Only until after the trials and the executions do people rest easy on their pillows. These were the circumstances in the Salem Witch Trials.
The Puritans were people of a Protestant group in the 1500-1600s.…
During the Salem Witch Trials, a small Puritan town of Salem overreacts about the ‘witches’ in
their town and hangs twenty villagers, accusing many more in the process. John Proctor is one
of the many who were accused and hung in order to protect his family, friends, and soul. The
Crucible by Arthur Miller shows how Proctor is manipulated and changed through a series of
constant battles against him and finally breaks into a man that has found his peace.
Before the Salem Witch Trials, John Proctor…
Salem Village had a very colorful history before the famous witch trials. It was not exactly known as a bastion of tranquillity in New England. The main reason was its 600 plus residents were divided into two main parts: those who wanted to separate from Salem Town, and those who did not. The residents who wanted to separate from Salem Town were farming families located in the western part of Salem Village. Those who wanted to remain a part of Salem Town were typically located on the eastern side…
Trials of Conspiracies
Something that is so controversial and still stirs up paranoia is witch trials. Witch Trials have been around for centuries and follow the practice of magic and use of spells and spirits towards others. The Salem witch trials in specific were significant because the public had let this topic become out of control and so widely spoken of so soon. In Massachusetts 1692, three young girls had a strange feeling coming over them. They started feeling controlled and would convulse…