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*James Ciment , Colonial America NY,2006 (pages-757,758)print

  • Emerson. W .Bakera storm of witch craft,Massachusetts,2015 (pages-2,157,98,100,99,101,116,117)print

*Authors: Gormley and Myra Vanderpool Colonial HomesNov 97, Vol. 23 Issue 6, p.22,1 , print

  • Jeff Wallenfeldt ARTICLE from the encyclop√¶dia Britannica Get involved Share Salem witch trials (article), web
  • Weisman, Richards witch craft , magic, and religion the 17th centuryMassachusetts,1998 (article), web



Almost every one knows the stories of the Salem witch trials. The legend was that people would hunt down witches and burn them but that's only a folks legend, the real reason behind it is much more interesting. The Salem witch trials began with three teenage girls. There symptoms would range from subtle twitches to violent jerking of the body and verbal out bursts. One girl woke up and found her "chin was jutting forward uncontrollably and her face was contracting in to spasms. So the people that were convicted weren't actually witches they where just people being affected by a disorder.

How did the Salem witch trials begin?

The Salem witch trials started in 1692 coming out of a three hundred year period. Witch hunts began in the early 1300 and 1330 and ended in the late 18th century but it didn't fully end until the 19th century.
Many people know the stories of the witches that got burned at the stack (actually a folks legend), but do they know how it all started? Well it all started with a group of girls began showing symptoms of demonic possession. "Accusations of witchcraft were directed at women who defied traditional norms for there class and gender". So traditionally women where attacked more and accused for using witch craft more often. Out of the 25 people that were killed only 19 where hung and out of those nineteen only 2 were males. and out of those 25 people and 19 that were hung there were 156 that were accused of witch craft or cried upon. So the witch trials where extremely long period of time that if you were just a little different you many of died.
(Baker, pages 2,157,98,100,99,101,116,117,Jeff Wallenfeldt ARTICLE from the encyclopædia Britannica Get involved Share Salem witch trials,pages-757,758, Ciment)

Number of accused witches in Salem

A number of girls where accused of witch craft. There where 150-156 accused or cried upon from 1300-18th century. From that time period not very many but they where all wrongfully convicted so truthfully it was horrible. Out of those 150-156 people that where cried upon or convicted 25 people died. Out of those 25 people 19 were killed by being hung . Six people that didn't die from getting hung they died in the prison cells. Few where actually convicted and sentenced to the death penalty. (all-pages-2,157,98,100,99,101,116,117 ,Baker)

Ending of the Salem witch trials

Of January 1693 petitions to the families began In 1710 the legislature granted reparation money to the victims and their families. But the Salem witch trials weren't just done yet. In 1782 in Switzerland the last known execution for witchcraft was taking place. Not until 1957 that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts finally lifted the attainders (court accusations of a crime) from the victims. Not until a little less than 50 years ago did the witch trials actually end. We always think that they ended back in the olden days and I'm not talking about the 1900's I'm talking like 1300's. In reality they only ended a little bit ago. In the time of are grandparents did the trials end and the victims could finally rest in peace. So the witch trials may have started in the 13th century but it didn't end until the 19th century.
(all- p.22,1 Colonial Homes)


In the beginning women would feel pins and needles in there skin. Its logical for them to feel this because it was a common punishment back in those day. The Salem witch trials were very long and lasted more than 300 years and have just ended in the early 1950's. In these terrible times women feared for themselves and of getting convicted if they acted only slightly strange, only a few men where convicted during this time period. After the Salem witch trials ended in 2011-2012 they found that it was actually a disorder caused by stress. In conclusion many people think that tones of people where burned at the stake and hung but in reality only a select few where actually convicted and killed, out of the 25 people that died only 19 where hung no one was actually burned at the stack that's only a folks legend. The whole reason behind the Salem witch trials was because of a disorder conversion disorder it happened when stress built on the person and they started acting out of the norm, back than it was hard to explain this so they thought of the first thing that came to mind witches. The Salem witch trails will forever be remember and will always fallow us through out time and history.

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