Why Were So Many Witches Hung In 1692

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Living in Salem in the summer and spring of 1692 would’ve been an extremely hectic experience, especially if you were a married woman with another woman who wanted your man. Many people were put to death in the months between June and September, and had it not been for a mass hanging, it might have continued for who knows how long. The accusers of the Witch Trials were mainly jealous women who were out for the man(or land) of an accused woman, but that was not always the case. Some men(boys, really) accused others of being witches for the reason that a.) they wanted their land, or b.) they had a feud of some kind with the accused. It all started when little Betty Parris and her cousin Abigail met an Indian slave named Tituba and asked for their fortunes. After that, the girls were seen, as put by Reverend Samuel Parris, “getting into Holes, creeping under Chairs and Stools,...” and were questioned on the matter. Under pressure, they identified two local white women and Tituba herself. Throughout the spring, a large chunk of the Salem population was accused, executed, and jailed for being witches. It only ended when a mass hanging and the accusing of the governor 's own wife had happened. So why were these hangings so popular? Why were so many “witches” hung in 1692? What caused the…show more content…
Since the beginning of time, man has fought for land that they believe they deserve, and Salem is definitely no exception. In fact, whole families were put to death for the land. If we look at the “Salem Witchcraft Hangings”(Salem Court Records), we can see that in fact, the Parker sisters(Alice and Mary) and the Corys(GIles and Martha) were put to death. We can infer from that that the whole reason they were accused is they had something of value that the accuser wanted, and everyone knows if someone is accused as a witch, no one will care if you take anything from them, because they lost all of their standing in the
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