HI 300 Salem paper

HI 300 Salem paper - Aiton 1 Kyle Aiton Allen HI 300...

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Aiton, 1 Kyle Aiton Allen HI 300 October 4, 2007 The Salem Witch Trials The Salem witch trials of 1692 have been a controversial and extensively studied subject over the past three centuries. By the end of the trials, 19 people had been hanged, one man had been pressed to death, and over 100 people imprisoned. Reasons behind the trials vary greatly, from actual witchcraft being practiced, to Indian attacks from the north, and even accidental consumption of molded foods that contained psychedelic characteristics. Regardless, during the time of the trials, Salem Village’s society was going through a transitional phase from its strict, Puritan past to a royal colony. In their book on American history, George Tindall and David Shi say the following about the trials: “The witchcraft controversy reflected the peculiar social dynamics of the Salem community.” 1 Specifically, the different roles of women and children in society along with rising tensions from a changing economy were direct causes to the witchcraft hysteria in 1692. The story begins with Revered Parris’s Indian slave Tituba telling several young girls of the town stories of demon possession and witchcraft back from Africa. Within days, the girls began behaving erratically, acting as if they were bewitched. When questioned, the girls accused Tituba and two other women of the town of being witches. In court, Tituba not only confessed to being a witch herself, but revealed the names of 1 George B. Tindall & David E. Shi, America: A Narrative History (New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007), 130.
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Aiton, 2 other women practicing witchcraft in the town as well. However, to fully understand this story, the roles of children in the Salem society, girls especially, need to be taken into
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