Salem Witch Trials Research Paper
After the discovery of America, people from around the world came to America to live their lives freely and to be free from religion persecution. One of the groups of people who voyaged to America were the Puritans, who settled in the Massachusetts colony. The Puritans had very strict religious beliefs that left them wanting to do right in God’s eyes. One of the towns that they have settled in was the town of Salem, Massachusetts. With their religious beliefs, beliefs in God, and the way they practiced the bible, the Puritans strongly believed in the Devil. During the year of 1692, a series of trials that punished people who were accused of practicing witchcraft broke out in Salem, Massachusetts that is now known as the Salem Witch Trials. Due to the fear of the Devil creeping around, innocent people were convicted of supposedly practicing witchcraft. Many were tried in court, but it was illogical because the people obviously were not witches, and they would not confess to witchcraft either even if it would save their life. The reason they would not confess to witchcraft was because the convicted people knew they were not witches, and confessing to it would be a lie, and a sin in God’s eyes. Three contributing factors to the social climate of the witch trials would be religious beliefs, superstition and the belief in the supernatural, and teenage boredom. Tituba, a slave from Barbados, played a major role in the Salem Witch Trials and she was responsible for accusing Sarah Osborne and Sarah Good as witches. There is not one ultimate cause to the witch hysteria, but ergot poisoning
played a key role in the witch hysteria. The Salem Witch Trials was an important and drastic event in American history due to the fact that 20 innocent people were persecuted for a crime they did not commit, and over 100 people were punished and put in jails.
There is not one definite answer to why exactly the witch trials occurred. Many different...