I think you have a valid point but with so many people accused of rape, murder, etc... and the number of times someone has been falsely accused of one of these events, backed up logs of DNA tests to go through, evidence being lost or getting mixed up with another individual, so on and so on. I don't think we should have modern day witch hunts just because someone is accused of a crime that they may not have committed. Obviously, it isn't a quick process of being accused but there have been individuals who were convicted of crimes and released decades later, some even being exonerated after their death. We should work harder to get through cases, so that those who have done the crime are actually
The phrase of “Witch Hunt” was originally from the 15th century in which many people were accused, arrested and punished for practicing and believing in witchcraft. “Witch Hunt”, in the modern world, usually happens when people have conflicts of interests, religious conflicts and ethical conflicts in their societies. All these types of conflicts are formed due to some people decide to live in their unique world, and resist other people who come from different races, cultures, background, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. They consider themselves are enormously superior to others, and constantly look for opportunities to get rid of their opponents. In many instances, they opt to use the unlawful and unethical means
In both The Crucible and in modern day witch hunts, witch hunts are caused out of fear or for personal gain. Jill Schonebelen wrote a research paper on Witchcraft allegations, refugee protection and human rights. Throughout this article, it mentions the persecution of witches today in communities around the globe, mentioning the flashbacks of similar strategies that were used in the past, doing different types of tortures.In Modern days, recent generations have abandoned wonderful traditions. Rather, recollecting others with distasteful memories such as witchcraft. Fear, accusations, and doing things for personal gain is a natural human instinct. Similar to The Crucible , a majority of the characters reacted the way they did out of fear,
A witch hunt is a campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views or a search for and persecution of a supposed “witch”. Throughout history the idea of “witches” has changed dramatically from the 1600s when the events in Salem, Massachusetts where people were accusing women and child of using spells to bewitch people, bring chaos to a town, and associated with the devil (satan). Today people associate “the witch hunt” with a trail or hunt without physical proof or a valid reason to pursue this cause.
The trial of the Scottsboro boys was a trial that was the cause of two white women accusing nine black men of raping them. Their appeals, retrials, and legal proceedings attracted the attention of the nation and produced to Supreme Court rulings in their favor. The Scottsboro boys trial demonstrates that nonconformity to unjust practices can lead to justice for all people because their trial triggered The Supreme Court ruling that had a major impact on the American system of laws for the right to adequate counsel, the ruling for the right to not be excluded from a jury based on race, and still has a continuing effect in our own time which affirms the principle of equal protection under the law. Their case not only saved them from the death sentence but also started up debate about equal protection under the law such as in the first Supreme Court ruling.
During the mid nineteen thirties there was ample prejudice from whites towards African Americans. This prejudice was greatly depicted in one particular case of nine young black men. The Scottsboro Boys were labeled as outcasts and faced a considerable amount of prejudice during their trials for a crime they had not committed; although some of the nine Boys were exonerated during the trials, the last of the Scottsboro Boys were not redeemed until decades later.
Between 1692 and 1693, in Salem Village, Massachusetts, the Salem witch trials were taking place. In the event, many were accused of witchcraft and some were even executed. This event had left many curious as to what caused the people to accept witchcraft and treat it as a crime. To explain the trials, Paul Boer and Stephen Nissenbaum wrote the book Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft in which they analyzed and broke down key components of the witch trials.
First let us go to document B, in this document it shows us that most girls who were accusing other girls were younger, (between the ages of 16-20). And the convicted were older, (between the ages of 40-60). Usually younger girls crave attention and do not have their life together. However older women usually do not care, and have everything that they need. Like in Document E. Groups that are totally different have tension and it is usually for wealth and attention when it involves younger girls. Another point of evidence is that in document B most of the accusers were women, I am not trying to label anyone, but usually women can be somewhat ‘sensitive’ especially when it comes to men and wealth, they crave attention, maybe that is my opinion but it seems pretty relevant, with the evidence given. In conclusion the evidence given gives you an understanding that a cause in the witch trial hysteria was
One prior instance occurred no too far from Salem. The Massachusetts Bay colonists accused and convicted Margaret Jones of witchcraft is 1648 (Brooks). One reason this didn’t cause a mass hysteria, she didn’t plead guilty. Nobody in the colonies had ever heard someone claim guilty to witchcraft and state other community members were witches working for the same goal as themselves. In Europe during the sixteenth through the eighteenth century there was another witch hunt that is almost synonymous to the one in Salem. There was a widespread moral panic suggesting that malevolent witches were trying to bring down the church for three centuries. These trials were heavily concentrated during the Wars of Religion in the seventeenth century, though sporadic trials occurred toward the end of the eighteenth. This could be due to the Witchcraft Act of 1735. The last known trial was 1782. These trials were on a much more massive scale as 40,000 to 60,000 people are estimated to have been killed. One of the biggest and most remembered events in history could even be related to the trials; the Holocaust. From January 30, 1933 to May 8, 1945, Jews in Europe were constantly subjected to horrible mistreatment by the Nazis. This eventually led to the deaths of over 6 million Jews. Just like the “witches” of Salem, European Jews were the scapegoat for the Third Reich of Nazi Germany. Both groups, the villagers of Salem, and the people of Germany, blamed one group of people for social issues happening during their respective period of time. A less known incident would be the Los Angeles “zoot suit” riots. A zoot suit is a style of suit popularized during the 1940’s by African, Chicano, and Italian American communities. By the beginning of 1943, the riots would begin. Sailors would beat and strip anyone wearing a zoot suit. They got away with the crimes. This could be compared to the people of Salem,
Sources: Remembering Scottsboro: The legacy of an infamous trial, The Trials of the Scottsboro boys, and Scottsboro and its legacy: The cases that challenged american legal and social justice.
The Salem witch trials were the prosecution of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts from June to September 1692 by the Court of Oyer and Terminer. Though the trials were held in Salem, the accused were brought in from the neighboring towns of Amesbury, Andover, Topsfield, Ipswich, and Gloucester as well. To this day the trials are considered the epitome of injustice, paranoia, scapegoating, mass hysteria, and mob justice. The results were almost 200 arrests, 19 executed “witches”, one man pressed to death, one man stoned to death, and two dogs killed because they were suspected to be familiars of their owners who were accused of being witches. (Familiars are evil spirits in the form of animals used by witches to cast spells and perform
Many complications arise when proving the slave conspiracy in Winthrop D. Jordan 's Tumult and Silence at Second Creek. In Mississippi during the spring and summer of 1861, slaves from Adams County plotted to gain freedom from their owners. Following the unveiling of the conspiracy to the slave-owners, the so-called court proceedings show reason to believe that something went awry. The way the slave-owners arrived at the information of the conspiracy and the way they proceeded in court lead to questions about the legitimacy of the conspiracy. Also, each reply from the slaves resemble each other with uncanny similarity. Fear played a key role in the actions in Adams County, too. For many years throughout the south, slave-holders believed
In the Salem Witch first instance of witchery is Betty/Elizabeth Parris, along with Abigail Williams when they started to scream and giggle uncontrollably, along with delusions, vomiting, muscle spasms, screaming, and writhing. William Griggs, a physician, diagnosed witchcraftery to the women. Soon, fueled by resentment and paranoia, more and more women were accused of being witches, while the community and system of justice piled up. The Trials had lasted from 1692 to 1693. Some women acted peculiar because of a fungus called “Ergot” that grew on cereals and wheat. The youngest “witch” to be hung, was a 5-year old little girl. Most of the women accused of being a witch, were accused by their own family.
The witch trials in Salem in the year 1692 was a scowling time in American history. The New York Post explains about The Crucible play that “... at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witchhunting, The Crucible brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil.” In The Crucible, John Proctor and his wife are hit with many situations which burdens their relationship. While this is going on, many people were being accused as witches for little incidents which they thought would add up to witchcraft. During this time period, the grudges and personal rivalries between people makes these witch trials immoral and unethical.
By the time David got outside the police and ambulance had arrived. The paramedics put their mom on a stretcher, while the firefighters ran inside to get Cassie. A few minutes later the fighters came out holding Cassie in their arms. While the paramedics put Cassie on another stretcher, David looked at Cassie and he knew she was dead. Meanwhile, the firefighters put the fire. The fire was only in Cassie’s room, so only that part of the house was damaged. The firefighters concluded that the fire was caused by lamp that fell over while Cassie was sleeping.