Salem Witch Trials Summary

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REVIEW OF LITRATURE A.) SUMMARY SOURCE A Although the whole book had information on the Salem witch trials. The introduction, chapter 1 and 2 and the conclusion had information regarding the research needed • Introduction: states what the Salem witch trials where and who they accused. How two little girls (Abigail and Betty) where the first to suffer from fits of hysterical outbreaks and how many accusers came forward and described how they or their animals had been bewitched. It mentions the court cases and how there were more woman than men accused of practicing witch craft. It also states how historians believe the girls were faking their fits from the start. Also mentions how religious Salem was at the time which influenced the trials.…show more content…
Doctor William Griggs declared all those afflicted bewitched and the village agreed with this statement. Indian slave couple Tituba and John were accused in the making of the witch-cake which all those afflicted had had. Tituba was reverend Parris slave, caretaker of Abigail and Betty. February 25 and 28 Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good also accused as the tormentors. The first three women to be accused witches were not originally born in Salem and Tituba was also linked towards the Indian war. A similar pattern throughout the crisis was seen. All those accused where not born in Salem even if they had lived there all their life or were Indians (linking them to the American Indian war in 1622-1624) or those who were previously accused of witchcraft. Also mentions the afflicted girls and fortune telling how they all got scared when a coffin appeared in one of their…show more content…
One could not do this condition to themselves. Girls were questioned and had to give their tormentors name. • Tituba used to teach girls black magic in the kitchen, she was the first to be accused. • Trials consisted up of five different sections to prove that they were not a witch or practicing witch craft. • First, had to recite a prayer of the Lord, while they did this however young girls who attended the trials would scream and thrash about on the floor. • Second was physical evidence, if one had any birthmarks, warts, moles or any other blemishes these were seen as portals which the devil could enter the body through. • Third was a witness testimony. Abigail was one of the major witnesses at most of the court cases. • Fourth was spectral evidence if anyone in the crowd could see a ghost or spirit of sorts in the accused then the person must be a witch. • Fifth was the confession, this was the easiest way out a confessor would normally throw themselves at the mercy of the town and promise repentance or they would help convict
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