Causes And Effects Of The Salem Witch Trials

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The years of 1692 and 1693 were a terrible time in Salem Massachusetts. The presence of the devil was in Salem. People living there were practicing witchcraft. Young women were barking like dogs and acting strangely. All this behavior would lead to what became known as the Salem witch trials.The Salem witch trials took place because of people practicing witchcraft and they were not witches.This resulted in the imprisonment /execution of more than 200 people. Centuries ago many Christians and those who practiced other religions believed that the Devil gave certain people known as witches power to bring harm to other people in exchange for their loyalty to him. From 1300 to the end of 1600 raged in Europe. Practicing witches were mainly women…show more content…
He prohibited further arrest released many of the accused witches and dissolved the court of Oyer and Terminer on October 29th. The governor replaced it with a Superior Court of Judicature which did not allow dreams and visions to be used as evidence and only convicted 3 out of 56 defendants. Phipps pardoned all who were there on charges of witchcraft by May of 1693. September 22 1693 the last of the accused witches were let out of prison in Salem. On the same day The Salem Witch Trials were officially over.Over the past year 100-200 people in the Salem region were thrown in prison for witchcraft. Twenty four people died and fifty five people falsely admitted to being witches. The trials were not over when the accused witches were released from prison.The aftermath of the trials plays a role in today 's society by showing us there is more to learn to prevent things like this from happening in the future.The aftermath of the trials also brought closure to…show more content…
In 1957 the last of the accused witches names were cleared.The town of Salem realized their mistake.In 1992 a memorial was built to honor the deaths of people who were falsely accused of witchcraft.Honoring the victims of the trials were important to the people of Salem. It was there way of saying the persecution was over. The trials were held in what is now the city of Danvers,Massachusetts.The aftermath took place all over the world,people held “witch hunts” sometimes they didn 't look for actual witches.The most famous witch hunt took place during the cold war in America.People hunted communist and accused others of being communist without any clear evidence that they were. The Salem Witch Trials are an important event in American history.The lessons learned from the trials are also important so we can prevent further trials like this from happening.The trials are an example of chaos people feel when faced with fear.They also showed the time it takes a community to heal after tragedy strikes.The Salem Witch Trials were a very sad time in history,but we can learn a lot from
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