Not only did the trial of Captain Preston affect the relationship between the Americans and British, but also the Coercive Acts. After the Boston Tea Party, Britain passed these laws to punish Boston and reinforce British control. The laws affected the lives of the Americans and through the Boston Harbour Act, they were unable to utilize the harbour. Due to Britain taking away the people of Boston’s ability to export and import goods, Samuel Adams’ words were valued and Americans wanted Britain to be held accountable for “cutting off our trade with all parts of the world”. Adams was the founder of the Sons of Liberty, a group of merchants, politicians and lawyers, involved in the protest of the Stamp Act.
In 1692 the people of America witnessed the worst show of human greed and violence disguised in the veil of religion, The Salem Witch Trials. With the fear of divine punishment, these trials in the early courts of Salem prosecuted at least 185 thought-to-be witches on the basis of religious beliefs, leading to twenty public executions and 4 others to die in prison (Conforti, 2008, p. 1). What these Puritan colonists learned at the end of these trials impacted the lives of those present, and the course of American History. These trials brought about the Age Of Reason in America, changing how we interact socially, our skepticism, and our ability to think and live life without threat of divine power. The Salem Witch Trials ultimately helped shape the future of America.
The Spanish Inquisition was a Roman Catholic system for the punishment of heresy and forced conversion of various religious groups. It was established by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand in 1478 when they requested permission from Pope Sixtus IV to establish it. Their intention was to unite Spain under the dominating religion of Catholicism. Conflicts of the Inquisition arose because of cruel tribunals, torture, and repression of Muslims and Jews that developed into opposition and concluded in catastrophic economic, political, and social declines in Europe. A cause for the Spanish Inquisition’s notorious reputation were the unjust tribunals.
Salem, Massachusetts in the year sixteen ninety-two is remembered as a time of mass hysteria. The citizens of Salem were being “attacked” by an unseen force, of whom they perceived to be none other than Satan himself. The common belief was that the devil recruited witches to do his dirty work for him. They believed these witches were hidden right under their noses, members of their own town. The citizens felt it was their duty to destroy the witches for the good of the community.
Curran McCartney HIS 301 Professor Malcom 31 March 2018 The Salem Witch Trials and its Aftermath The Salem Witch Trials were a series of trials and accusations against many people in the town of Salem Massachusetts that accused them of widespread witchcraft. This event in history took place for only one year, from 1692 to 1693. During this time period, over 200 people were accused of being a witch or performing some type of witchcraft and some even paid the ultimate price for a crime they never even committed. This event in history occurred through widespread hysteria created by lies from those who lived in the village. These lies that were spread around were about how the devil was there and took control of others so they could perform witchcraft
Puritans were reformed English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries whose goal was to "purify" the Church of England from Catholic practices. For people charged with practicing witchcraft, any departure from these rules could be used as evidence for something far greater in the present.
The Salem Witch Trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft between 1692 and 1693. It occured in colonial Massachusetts, relying on a theocracy. The government and religious authority inseparably rule together, and individuals who question authority are accused of questioning God and his authority. There are multiple characters who played major roles in The Crucible but each of them contributed to the play in different ways. Abigail Williams is a major character who was one of the main reasons the Salem Witch Trials took place.
The threat of Communism and the Red Scare put fear of group mentality into many people during the late 1940-50s. The authors of 1984 and The Crucible used their respective works to comment on the social injustice going on in their own lives, which connects to injustice the exists throughout time anywhere in the world. Miller wrote his play, set in 1692, about Puritans and the Salem witch trials because he believed that, similar to his trial for HUAC in the 1950s, the trials in Salem were caused by false accusations and mass hysteria led by powerful individuals. In 1984, Orwell creates a world in the near future that shows group mentality and its threat to conform society with the government. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller illustrates a world
Review of Literature The religiously motivated Salem witch trials of 1692 left a permanent stain on Massachusetts’ history, but one overlooked factor could have sparked the tragic ordeal. The trials are best summarized as an inexplicable and unforeseen frenzy of accusations, aimed at the social pariahs of the community, that led to multiple deaths in a previously tranquil place. An intense type of food poisoning known as convulsive ergotism provides a seemingly simple, yet understandably deceptive to the ignorant, explanation. Due to optimum conditions for the disease, the correlation between the bewitched and the expected symptoms, and the religious fanaticism of the time, one can conclude ergotism was an influence on the Salem witch trials.
Up to one hundred and fifty people, spent months in jail without a trial. In just fifteen months, everything that had witches or devils just went out of control. The villagers also believed witches had helpers, called familiars. This superstition led to two dogs executions. To decide the fate of the accused, the court of Oyer and Terminer was created, it means hear and end.