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The Salem Witch Trials

Not only could the kind of mass hysteria that resulted in the Salem Witch Trials occur again, many Americans would argue that it already has. When playwright Arthur Miller was writing “The...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2013 1:42 pm UTC

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During the Salem witch trials, it wasn't hard to get accused of witchcraft. Many suspicions centered around people who did not fit into Puritan society in ways that were considered appropriately...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 6:10 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The suspicion of witchcraft began in 1692. Betty Parris and Abigail Williams, both young girls, began having fits that involved convulsions, contortions, and uncontrollable screaming. A doctor was...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019 12:20 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials (1692) are important today for a couple of reasons. First, the trials occurred because there was no separation of church and state. Witches were the supposed servants of...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2019 12:31 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

What has American society learned from the Salem witch trials of 1692? Answering this question is problematic as it is doubtful that history is well understood by most Americans. And without an...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 11:57 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

Richard Godbeer's title, Escaping Salem, seems to suggest that in order to develop an accurate understanding of the Puritans, their religion, and their New England communities, we have to get away...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2017 2:27 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials was a concatenation of problems, but the most important of them—the one which made injustice inevitable—was that the crime at issue does not exist. This central problem gave...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020 4:40 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

In the Salem Witch Trials, the accused had to prove their innocence rather than the prosecution needing to prove the guilt of the accused. Further, the accused were often at a serious disadvantage...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2018 1:54 pm UTC

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Cotton Mather was a Puritan minister and one of the most interesting characters in American history. Mathers was the son of a well-established Massachusetts family. His academic prowess was noted...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2019 12:10 pm UTC

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Just as a follow on to the answer above. In addition to the important points made above, we need to remember that the Puritan belief system that informed the inhabitants of Danvers (Salem), MA, in...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2013 12:33 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

Even though now the ordeal of the Salem Witch Trials seems sensational, back in that time the trials had a negligible effect on society. It was somewhat of an isolated incident albeit an important...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2010 9:00 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials occurred in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Life in Salem at this time was very peculiar and different for each person involved. First, Salem itself was an odd village compared...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019 12:35 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

There is no single answer to this question, but there are a few contributing factors that we can observe. The first is that a Puritanical philosophy often involves interpreting the Bible quite...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 7:36 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

Scholars disagree on just what were the most important causes of the Salem witch trials, but there is a consensus that the witch scare took place in the broader context of major social change near...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 2:54 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials in 1692–1693 stemmed from prejudice against marginalized groups. A slave from the West Indies, Tituba, was accused first. Another accused was Sarah Good, a beggar who smoked...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 1:34 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The coastal city of Salem, Massachusetts is important in American history for several reasons. Salem was an important port city during the time of the Puritans, but Salem is probably...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019 11:55 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials are one of those moments of confusion and curious concern for people looking back. Historically, it was a terrifying time for those individuals, but in retrospect, many are...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 9:41 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials (1692–1693) concluded with the execution of nineteen people from more than two hundred accused. These trials, and the events leading up to them, are still studied today...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019 12:40 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

Nonconformity played a major role in who was under suspicion during the Salem Witchcraft Trials. One of the better-known victims of the hysteria was Sarah Good. Sarah was married to a day-laborer...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 10:45 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The behavior of the girls accused of witchcraft in Salem was very strange indeed. No one had ever seen anything quite like it. The girls would scream blasphemous insults against God—scandalous to...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018 8:33 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

Although Tituba was in some ways a catalyst for getting some of the young girls in Salem interested in magic and divination, she was not necessarily responsible for the hysteria that pervaded the...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016 2:42 am UTC

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There is not going to be an immediate and direct impact with the trials and the connection to Native Americans. The trials were so domestic and inwardly driven, shaking Salem to its very...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2012 5:04 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

Historians, sociologists, and anthropologists have been asking this same question for a long time and have not come to a definitive conclusion. However, there are some compelling theories as to the...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 3:10 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

It was the Puritans who were behind the Salem Witch Trials. At that time, Salem was a Puritan settlement, a Calvinist theocracy run on the basis of a narrow interpretation of Scripture. At that...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019 11:24 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

It is fair to say that religion played a major role in the Salem Witch Trials. A majority of people in Salem were Puritans and believed in the existence of evil. The Puritan way of life was derived...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019 3:06 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

Although the stereotypical image of a witch in popular culture is of a green-faced, hunched-over old woman, probably with a broomstick and a black cat close by, the men and women (though mostly...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 11:27 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

There are several theories about the origin of the witch trials at Salem (originally, Danvers, Massachusetts). Some scholars argue that it was a result of the Puritan belief system; some have...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 12:02 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Puritans were a religious group that emerged from the religious turmoil of the Reformation. King Henry VIII of England led the country out of Catholicism in the sixteenth century, and the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019 11:06 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials took place in 1692 and 1693, in Massachusetts. Over two hundred people were accused of witchcraft, and twenty were executed. Those accused were charged with various crimes...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019 12:17 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials have generated a lot of interest since 1692. There have been books written, movies produced, and the colloquial term witch hunt the searching out and deliberate harassment of...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019 12:08 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials of colonial Massachusetts occurred between 1692 and 1693, mirroring a paranoid "witchcraft craze" that occurred in Europe from the 14th to 17th centuries. Following the...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

Initially, not a great deal happened in the aftermath of the Salem witch trials—certainly nothing that changed the whole complexion of the town or the nature of its inhabitants. However, three...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019 11:54 am UTC

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The Salem Witch Trials

As we move into the summer, Salem—and other tourist-friendly Massachusetts outposts such as Provincetown—will swing into action with tarot card readings, spells, and rituals staged for avid...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 2:14 pm UTC

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