Salem Witch Trials

By Derek Castillo

The Salem witch trials began in the Spring 1692, when girls confessed they were witches. The first girl to be lynched was Bridget Bishop, 18 men and women and 2 dogs followed, and a man over 80 pressed to death by heavy stones. 150 more men, women, and children were accused, but none were hanged, instead, jailed. In September 1692, the trials began to be hated, then they stopped in 1693. The trials were never fair, if anyone was accused they were pretty much dead. This was the biggest witch hunt in history.

Salem village was scared of the devil and witches who helped the devil well before the Salem witch trials. They thought the devil was always trying to destroy Christians and their communities. Many were accused of being witches... but none ever confessed they were witches. Until Tituba, a slave girl and accused witch, confessed she was a witch as well as several others, and so began the Salem witch trials.

Everyone was terrified by witches, and being accused of being a witch. If you were about to be hung... there was no fighting back, you were already dead. Sometimes families would turn against each other like Margaret and her grandpa, George Jacobs. They were both accused of being witches but she managed to not be lynched by claiming her grandpa was indeed a witch... and he was hanged. The Salem witch trials was dark time.

But, why did people hang innocents? Why did they believe others when they accused someone? Fear, everyone was scared, the judges didn't know what to do, the governors didn't even know what to do. Teenage boredom, jealousy, war, and economy also may have helped spark the Salem witch trials. Salem probably thought they were cursed, they didn't have a good economy, there was a second Indian war, and the thought of the devil didn't help either. Salem had nothing else to blame but witches, witches the devil sent to destroy them, witches that  had put a curse on them, witches they were afraid of. The Salem witch trials was just an effect caused by these unfortunate events. But that's what i think, are there actual witches out there?

Citations

Witchcraft in Salem. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2015, from http://www.ushistory.org/us/3g.asp

Brooks, R. (2011, August 18). The Salem Witch Trials. Retrieved March 27, 2015, from http://historyofmassachusetts.org/the-salem-witch...

Linder, D. (n.d.). An account of the Salem witchcraft investigations, trials, and aftermath. Retrieved March 27, 2015, from http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/sal...

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