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. It all started in Salem Village when 2 women were thought to be witches. Most of the women accused of being a witch, were accused by their own family. The Witch Trials went across 24 settlements.
First, there were accusations on three women. Those three women were Tituba, a West Indian slave and two other women, Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good. These women were accused of witchcraft by teenage girls in 1692. There were up to 19 people hanged in Salem for witchcraft and one man was pressed to death for the suspicion of witchcraft. Accusing people for witchcraft was very dangerous in the 16th century.
Three deranged girls, from 1692 Salem; Massachusetts, precipitated the mass hangings of twenty innocent people accused of witchery for the reason that of their adept prowess at acting, their marital status and jealousy of the newfound eastern wealth.
So what she was a beggar lady and mumbled under her breath. That absolutely did not make her a witch, even though those were some attributes. Just because when she visited somewhere, everyone called her spiteful, did not make her a witch. Although they couldn't see that the main three girls were lying, there was no reason to prosecute her without hard evidence. I think about her in a way for her children.
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw a transition of Western Europe, when a series of inspiring historical events took place, such as the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the discovery of new world, and the emergence of nation-state. However, what existed in the same period were social impoverishment caused by economic development, political chaos caused by the rise of nation-state, and the religious conflict caused by the Reformation. The life of civilians was pushed to edge by the infertility of land and famine because of the climatic change. People believed that these disasters were the sabotage of devil and his servants, who used thunder, hail, frost, storm, flood, plague, pests to impair the will of God and brought
The little girls were also at the trials defending not Bridget, but themselves. Every time the ‘’witch’’ made an arm movement or rolled her eyes, the girls pretended the ‘’witch’’ was doing something to them. When Bridget mover her arms, the girls would throw their arms back in the air like Bridget used her witchcraft on them, which made the girls ‘’ drunk on power’’! Bridget insisted that she has never seen those girls before, but the town's population was 500 so she would of had to see them at some point in her life. Then she said she know not of a witch and how to practice witchcraft.
Most of the evidence was spectral evidence, a testimony of the afflicted who claimed to see the person afflicting them but “devil marks” on the body (moles or birthmarks), poppets(dolls used to cast spells on the represented person), pots of ointment, books of horoscope/palmistry, gossip/stories or “witch cakes”(rye flour and human urine of the afflicted person, which was fed to the dog to see if it was afflicted). Eventually doubts developed as to why so many respectable, wealthy people were guilty to such shocking crimes. Many of the accused were better off financially than the accusers and the accusers often gained their property. Governor Phips ordered for proof of guilt had to given by clear and convincing evidence and many of the trials ended in acquittals until the movement came to a halt. The Court of Oyer and Terminer was dissolved in late October 1962 and a Superior Court tried the remaining cases.
Summer Padgett Dr. Davis AMH-2010-008 9/3/2015 Salem Witch Trials During the early 14th century, something odd happened in Europe and colonial New England. People started believing in the supernatural. Specifically, the devil giving “witches” the power to hurt and harm others as long as they remained loyal to him.
Two young girls that accused people of witchcraft began this era of hysteria. The girls claimed they had seen people having fits, squirming on the ground, and screaming meaningless words. Once someone was accused they were to be put on trial; women were the only targets of these accusations. The individuals that were put on trial were not really given much of a chance to defend themselves. The innocent people had their possessions taken, their livestock was killed, and their kids had to take care of themselves.
Over 200 people were accused by these girls and 20 people were hung on the account of witchcraft(Miller,1144). These people were not truthfully proven, but they were still taken from their families and put in jail for no reason(Miller,1132). The town became made with witchcraft hysteria, and they claimed people
The European Witch Hunts was a time that lasted between 1450-1750, these hunts incorporated a series of trials for the crime of “witchcraft” which primarily resulted in the accused’s execution. This time period has several names accommodated with it such as The European Witch Craze, The European Witch Trials, and several more. This period of time as well embarks many characteristics of Europe in a pre-enlightenment manner such as ignorance, belief in hearsay, and many others. Today, the european witch hunts are a controversial topic among scholars whilst their is only but few sources on this topic. Among these factors the witch hunts have been brought up with correlating issues in this day and age, prominently gender issues.
Familiar only with caricatures and fictional portrayals of witches and wizards like Hocus Pocus and Harry Potter, I knew not to rely on the inaccurate representations of the practices. I also observed that throughout history, people have ostracized and persecuted women accused of witchcraft. People burned any person suspect of being a witch at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials. I found this stigma regarding
“Black Magic: Witchcraft, Race, and Resistance in Colonial New England” is an interesting work by Timothy J. McMillan published in September of 1994, it primarily focuses on the manner in which blacks were accused of witchcraft in colonial New England. I find this paper to be rather enjoyable to read as it conveys the information in an unbiased manner, it also refers to an intriguing subject matter focusing on race as it is not commonly used when witchcraft is brought up. The author appears to be trying to explain why blacks were more commonly accused of witchcraft and the reason is not as obvious as one would think.
During the hysteria of 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, many people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Therefore, their reputation, was ruined. Other people committed many sins in order to keep their reputation clean in town. For instance, some characters had to lie, fight, and accuse other people of witchcraft which could get the individual out of trouble and keep their hands clean. when a person got accused of being a witch, the person’s reputation would get ruined and the person would go to jail or be hanged.