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Salem With Trials Debate

In the section â??Where Historians Disagree: The Witchcraft Trialsâ? (page 89) there are two major discussions of why the witch trials may have occurred: a desire to condemn the threat of powerful and wealthy women and to provide a reason to account for the recent instability within the Puritan communities. After having read about the Puritan community and the witchcraft phenomenon (pages 86-89), which would you agree had more of an impact? Explain your opinion, with regard to at least one of the examinations of the major figures put on trial: Tituba, Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, Mary Easty, or Bridget Bishop. Refer to the following website: http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/asa_rec.htm

American History I and II

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The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials came together due to that perfect culmination of forces that damned the lives of so many now considered as victims of what can now be deemed as mass hysteria, opportunistic 'witch/hunters' and religious & local leaders looking to blame instability to reasons other than what was natural, real and obvious - politics, frauds, social conflict, imaginations, fears, economic and financial inequality, Indian Wars and cold & unproductive winters. The disagreement of historians in relation to the roots of the Witchcraft Trials show that the varied evidence gathered on the origins and outcome of the event are really a combination of factors that have come together and snowballed into both an economic and socio-political phenomenon that used religion, fear and local politics to bankroll it's growth. Starting with the need for attention and curiosity of 2 young cousins - the niece of Reverend Parris - 11 yr. old Abigail Williams and her cousin, the Reverend's daughter 9-year old ...

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