Witchcraft: The Consequences Of The Salem Witch Trials

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The late 1600s bridged a time in the New World where religion was highly valued and superstitions (established from a previous time) ran rampant. Over several centuries ago, from the 1300s-1600s, England was experiencing its own type of “witchcraft craze” as it went through the process of executing thousands of people for their supposed misdeeds. ENTER INFO ABOUT ENGLANDS CRAZE. Due to the past exposures of hysteria and the already traumatic events occurring in the area, neighbors became quick to turn and accuse one another of the Devil’s magic, witchcraft, on the slightest of provocations. It was at the tail end of this phenomena, that Salem (and its surrounding villages) underwent its own sort of man hunt. In 1689, as King William’s war was finally drawing a conclusion to the rampage (ravaging, etc.) throughout the New England coast, a war of another nature was beginning to brew in a little village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Many refugees, citizens displaced from their homes due to the callous nature of war, sought out shelter in this quaint county, and more specifically, this once peaceful village. The sudden inflow of people caused a strain on the resources available to the public, aggravating the already present rivalry between the two sectors of the Village, the wealthy merchants and the everyday farmers. In addition to this agricultural strain, these villagers, the puritans who fled England due to religious persecution, had just had their royal charter
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