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Salem Witch Trials. By Karisa Millington. Background. In England, witchcraft was punishable by death 16 people had been hanged in America prior to the Salem Witchcraft Trials for being witches. Quick Facts. The Salem Witch Trial was the largest witch hunt in American history

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Salem Witch Trials

By Karisa Millington

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Background

  • In England, witchcraft was punishable by death
  • 16 people had been hanged in America prior to the Salem Witchcraft Trials for being witches
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Quick Facts

  • The Salem Witch Trial was the largest witch hunt in American history
  • Was held in 1692 in the Salem Village, Mass. Bay Colony
  • 19 people were killed by hanging
  • About 150 other people were imprisoned on witchcraft charges
  • Lasted 1 year
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Details

  • Early 1692 in the Salem Village:
    • Beth Parris and Abigail Williams were behaving strangely
      • Crawled under tables
      • Uttered weird noises
      • Screamed as if being torture
  • Pressure led to the naming and arresting of 3 women –Tibuta, Sarah Good, & Sarah Osborne
  • Tibuta confessed to being a witch and said that there were more witches in Salem
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Continued

  • More arrests followed
    • Prominent members of the village
    • Former minister and his wife
    • Wealthy merchants
  • Samuel Parris
    • Was a small local minister who led the witch hunt
    • Represented the “traditional values” in the community
    • Didn’t like the increasing number of merchants and new ministers
    • Some of those who were arrested were only Anti-Parris, not witches
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Continued

  • The witch hunt was stopped by Reverend Mather
    • “It would be better that ten suspected witches should escape, than one innocent person should be condemned.”
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Aftermath

  • 1693
    • People in jail for witchcraft charges were released by Governor Phips
  • 1711
    • The legislature of the colonies made payment to the families with witch-hunt victims
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Ironics / Fun Facts

  • “Salem” is the English version of the word Shalom, a Jewish word that means “peace”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne claims that he found the Scarlet Letter in a trunk in the Salem Custom House (In the Salem Village)
  • One man was crushed to death by stones instead of being hung
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Citations

  • World Book Encyclopedia, 1993
  • http://salemwitchtrials-the story-discoveryschool.com
  • http://www.salemweb.com/memorial/default.htm
  • http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/salem/
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