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can someone give me a brief summary of the salem witch trials?

School report need some information on the salem witch trials

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Salem witch trials were the result of a period of Puritan paranoia which led to the deaths of about twenty citizens.

    In 1692, in Salem Village, (now Danvers, Massachusetts), a number of young girls, particularly Abigail Williams[?] and Betty Parris[?], accused other townsfolk of magically possessing them, and therefore of being witches or warlocks. The clergy believed the accusations, and sentenced these people to either confess they were witches or be hanged.

    Gile Cory refused to enter a plea. By so doing he preserved his property for his heirs: had he confessed or been found guilty, his goods would have been confiscated by the state. The law provided for an application of a form of torture called peine fort et dure, in which the victim was slowly crushed by piling stones on him: in the event, Cory died without entering a plea.

    The witch trials ended with intervention of the equivalent of the governor visiting Salem and finding himself appalled at what had become of Salem.

    This incident was so profound that it helped end the Puritan faith, and led indirectly to the founding principles of the United States of America.

    Clergical participants and commentators:

    Rev. Cotton Mather

    Rev. Joseph Gerrish[?]

    Rev. Samuel Parris[?]

    Rev. Increase Mather[?]

    Afflicted (those who complained of bewitchment):

    Sarah Bibber

    Elizabeth Booth

    Sarah Churchill

    Martha Goodwin

    Elizabeth Hubbard

    Mary Lacey (also an accused witch)

    Mercy Lewis

    Elizabeth "Betty" Parris

    Bethshaa Pope

    Ann Putnam, Jr.

    Susanna Sheldon

    Mercy Short

    Mary Walcott

    Mary Warren

    Abigail Williams


    Capt. John Alden

    Daniel Andrew

    Sarah Bassett

    Edward Bishop

    Sarah Bishop

    Mary Black

    Dudley Bradstreet

    John Bradstreet

    Sarah Buckley

    Richard Carrier

    Mary Clarke

    Sarah Easty Cloyce

    Sarah Cole

    Giles Cory

    Mary Bassett DeRich

    Rebecca Eames

    Philip English

    Ann Foster

    Dorcas Hoar

    Abigail Hobbs

    Elizabeth Howe

    George Jacobs, Jr.

    Elizabeth Johnson

    Mary Lacey (also an afflicted child)

    Sarah Osborne

    Lady Phips

    Susannah Post

    Elizabeth Bassett Proctor


    Job Tookey

    Hezekiah Usher

    Mary Withridge


    Bridget Bishop - hanged June 10, 1692

    Rev. George Burroughs - hanged August 19, 1692

    Martha Carrier - hanged August 19, 1692

    Martha Cory - hanged September 22, 1692

    Giles Cory - pressed to death September 19, 1692

    Mary Easty - hanged September 22, 1692

    Sarah Good - hanged June 19, 1692

    Elizabeth Howe - hanged June 19, 1692

    George Jacobs, Sr. - hanged August 19, 1692

    Susannah Martin - hanged June 19, 1692

    Rebecca Easty Nurse - hanged June 19, 1692

    Alice Parker - hanged September 22, 1692

    Mary Parker - hanged September 22, 1692

    John Proctor - hanged August 19, 1692

    Ann Pudeator - hanged September 22, 1692

    Wilmott Redd - hanged September 22, 1692

    Margaret Scott - hanged September 22, 1692

    Samuel Wardwell - hanged September 22, 1692

    Sarah Wildes - hanged June 19, 1692

    John Willard - hanged August 19, 1692


    Boyer, Paul & Stephen Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft, MJF Books, 1974.

    Starkey, Marion L., The Devil in Massachusetts, Alfred A. Knopf, 1949.

    Miller, Arthur, The Crucible - a play which implicitly compares McCarthyism to a witch-hunt

    Norton, Mary Beth, In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, Knopf, 2002

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  • adner
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    4 years ago

    Salem Witch Trials Summary

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    5 years ago

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    can someone give me a brief summary of the salem witch trials?

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  • 1 decade ago

    the man said BRIEF basically alot of people back then who got accused of being witches and were burned at the

    • Mateo7 years agoReport

      it is brief, yours is just lazy.

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