The Salem Witch Trials

buy canada goose jacket cheap The Salem Witch Trial of 1692 canada goose coats on sale was one of the darkest chapters in colonial American history. A frenzy of fabricated accusations quickly became legal battles that turned neighbors against neighbors. And, when this hysteria ended 10 months later, nineteen women and one man were dead, and an additional 150 people were convicted of practicing witchcraft. buy canada goose jacket cheap

Traditionally, the trials started after several teenage canada goose clearance girls blamed their “bizarre behavior” on a buy canada goose jacket secret covenant of witches living in Salem.

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Canada Goose sale After the sance, however, the girls claimed to have been “haunted” by something. Some girls, it was reported, had mysterious physical marks appear on their skins. Canada Goose sale

cheap Canada Goose Immediately Many in this religious settlement including the uncle of one of the accused, the town preacher feared the worst. The girls were interrogated, and they immediately placed the blame on Tituba. Tituba feared the punishment she may incur. Thus, she accused several Salem residents of “working for Satan.” cheap Canada Goose

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News of canada goose clearance sale the scare soon spread beyond Salem’s boundaries. It resulted in the creation of a special tribunal of judges led by Judge Hawthorne that tried, convicted and ordered execution of suspected witches. The accusations continued unhindered until the colonial governor’s wife was accused of being a witch.

Still, the witch trials had caused extensive damage to the people involved. Many were forced to sign canada goose coats a confession (as seen in the picture), while those who maintained their innocence were hanged. In one case, a man Giles Corey canadian goose jacket died during a torturous interrogation, in heavy rocks were stacked on him.

canada goose factory sale Skepticism Weighs In Many historians and researchers point to the teenagers’ guilt in the witch hunt. In 1750, Thomas Hutchinson wrote about the event in a New England canada goose deals journal. He claimed the accusers lied about being possessed, claiming they made it up to garner attention. In 1867 Charles Upton supported the this claim by saying “the girls, the original accusers, acted out [pretended] the convulsions.” canada goose factory sale

Canada Goose Outlet Although many historians agree with the Hutchinson and Upton, they also felt the two didn’t didn’t take into account the type of superstition that existed at the time. Researchers point to certain facts about the villagers. They stated that the villagers were deeply religious. They believed canada goose black friday sale in existence of Satan as much as they believed in God. This includes the girls. Canada Goose Outlet

The religious aspect may explain the girls’ motives, too. When they dabbled in “black magic”, they may have believed that they were doing something unholy. They feared God’s punishment, as well as the villagers.

canadian goose jacket Cross Cultural Comparison Cross cultural comparison has been used to explained this event. This is a conceptual tool used by cultural anthropologists. It compares two cultures with each other to see where similarities and differences are. canadian goose jacket

canada goose clearance One anthropological case that parallels the possession and acting out of the teen was a study made on Australian aborigines. In this case, aborigines, who were deeply superstitious, convinced themselves they were possessed by evil spirits Canada Goose Parka They’d contort and convulse in very similar fashion as the teens in Salem. canada goose clearance

uk canada goose In some cases, the belief of possession was so strong that the “possessed one” attempted suicide in order to rid one’s self of Canada Goose Outlet the evil spirits. Cross cultural comparisons reveal the remarkable depth of reaction possible in a community buy canada goose jacket cheap that believes in its own magic. However, one problems remains with this theory;1692 Salem was far different technically and spiritually than the aboriginals. uk canada goose

cheap canada goose uk HystericsSo what else could account for the witch scare? In 1907, the French physician Pierre Janet wrote “Major Symptoms of Hysteria.” In her essay, she describes hysterical convulsions she observed in mental patients the reactions displayed were the same habits first observed in during the Salem Witch Trials.. cheap canada goose uk

canada goose coats on sale This could explain an individual’s perception of possession. It also explains the actions of a group of people. Hysterics were notably suggestible: a person with it was sensitive to the influence of the environment. If a person is in a room full of people suffering from hysterical convulsion, that one person will develop the same symptoms. Another important aspect of hysteria is the inflictions that suddenly appear on the hysteric person’s skin. In some cases, a person suffering from this condition can make Canada Goose sale open sores or marks similar to teeth marks appear on their skin as was the case in Salem. canada goose coats on sale

Socioeconomic FactorsThere’s another theory that may lead to one of the chief reasons the event became so widespread. When historians Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum studied the demography of the colony, their conclusion was revealing, if not startling. They discovered that the the majority of the accused lived in the impoverished eastern section (Salem Village) and the accusers lived in the affluent western section (Salem Town).

Boyer and Nissenbaum discovered that the Salem Village didn’t have enough money to support its own minister. Because of this, religious practices that were part of Salem’s ordinance could not be practiced in Salem Village. Instead, the red light districts and taverns of Salem were found here. canada goose store Quickly, it became an undesirable place a sore spot in a colony that prided itself for being pious in the eyes of the Lord.

However, the accusations went beyond accusing those in the poorest section of Salem. In some accounts, neighbors who had historically been involved in land disputes accused each other. In many cases, the accuser managed to take the land of the accused. In other cases, undesirables such as females who ran taverns or were prostitutes were tried and convicted of being witches. Even mid wives were suspected.

There was another problem revealed by Boyer and Nissenbaum. Salem Village was canada goose about to break away from Salem. Tax money from both districts paid for the one minister in the colony, road maintenance and care of the poor. If Salem Village became a separate colony, financial support would bring serious problems for the remaining district. Although the residence of Salem Town may have looked down on those living Salem Village, they realized they still needed them, financially. The “witch scare” was the one incident that brought the two district’s feud into light.

By applying several factors, a believable image of the trials takes place. The people in these two districts in Salem distrusted each other, and when the witch scare began, that distrust had tragic results.

canada goose store The hysteria, convulsion and attacks accompanied by the superstition, took the distrust to supernatural plateaus. And, as a result, innocent people died. However, the events were not merely the result of one group of girls accusing citizens of being witches. This was caused by numerous events that set the witch hunt to run its horrific course in American history. canada goose store

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How Ironic! Those that believed in God chose to kill in the name of God!

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