Unformatted text preview: The Salem witch controversy was largely fueled by personal differences between two families, the Putnams and the Porters. The Putnams were farmers who followed the simple lifestyle of traditional Puritans. Although the Porters derived much of their wealth from farming, they were also business owners Salem Town. The Porters business interests allowed them to increase their family's wealth while the Putnam family wealth stagnated. The arrival of Reverend Samuel Parris intensified the Putnam-Porter conflict. The major issue was the Putnams and those like them, voted to give Parris a parsonage, a barn, and two acres of land. The Porters and others thought that these gifts were too generous. It is no coincidence, then, that the witchcraft afflictions and accusations originated in the Parris household. In February 1692 the reverend returned home from his congregation Parris household....
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course HISTORY 113 taught by Professor ?? during the Spring '10 term at Thomas Edison State.
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- US History