Puritan Witch Trials

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The last possible cause would be gender-related. Approximately 78% of witches were women. Women were believed to have bonded with the devil and were more susceptible to sin. Puritans apparently didn’t agree with the common European viewpoint that women were more evil than men. Historians believed that these trials were aimed at women who did not stay in their role. Women were expected to be housewives and mothers. Married women weren’t allowed to own property or have jobs. Many women were accusing other women. Jealousy factor on widows who were able to own property and have jobs from women who didn’t. Men felt that they were able to turn back to God before they were drawn in by the devil. Only about 22% of the accused were men. Male children
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