Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings conducted in Colonial Massachusetts beginning in 1692 to prosecute people accused of witchcraft. Of the dozens convicted of witchcraft, 19 were executed by hanging.

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Preacher known during Salem witch trials?

Cotton Mather

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There's also his father, Increase, Nicholas Noyes and Samuel Willard.

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What is a description of the Salem witch trials?

Cruel, wicked, evil...

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What happened after the Salem Witch trials?

The people who remained in jail were released when they paid their room and board. A slue of lawsuits flowed into the Salem and Boston courts for conpensation and the property of loved ones who were executed.

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What caused the Salem Witch Trials?

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**The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693.

**In 17th century colonial North America, the supernatural was part of everyday life.

**This concept emerged in Europe around the fifteenth century and spread to North America when it was colonized.

**Witchcraft was then used by peasants, who invoked particular charms for farming and agriculture.

**Over time, the idea of white magic transformed into dark magic and became associated with demons and evil spirits.

**From 1560 to 1670, witchcraft persecutions became common as superstitions became associated with the devil.

**In "Against Modern Sadducism" (1668), Joseph Glanvill claimed that he could prove the existence of witches and ghosts of the supernatural realm. Glanvill wrote about the "denial of the bodily resurrection, and the [supernatural] spirits".

**Works by men such as Glanvill and Cotton Mather tried to prove to humanity that "demons were alive."

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What is the Salem witch tribes?

The Salem Witch Trials was in Salem, Massachusetts I believe where people were being accused of being witches and having the ability to perform magic. They sentenced these people to death and often would tie their feet to a brick and thought that if they floated they were capable of witchcraft. Now, this was a very stupid idea because everyone was human and they all drowned, so the townsfolk knew that they weren't capable of witchcraft, but if you drown, obviously you're dead. Pretty messed up times.

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How did people feel about the Salem witch trial?

During: People either thought that the trials were doing "gods" work or that the accussers were wrong and off their rockers.

After: They were too embarassed to even talk about it.

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Who accused John Proctor of witchcraft?

John Proctor was near 60 years old when the Salem witch trials began, and was a tall and outspoken man. During the witchcraft hysteria he disparaged the trials and accused the girls of lying. When his wife and children were accused of witchcraft he proclaimed the innocence of his family. This made him a direct target of the accusers and he was the first man to be accused. Espo wrote a letter to authorities in Boston, Massachusetts to alert them to the issues taking place in Salem and asking them to intervene. In this letter he claimed for example if a woman so well respected as Rebecca Nurse could be convicted then no restraint was left in the town and he asked that the trials be moved to Boston, Massachusetts or that new judges be appointed. His letter brought about a meeting of eight ministers at Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 1,1692. No records survive of what took place at this meeting but when the ministers emerged they had drastically changed their position on spectral evidence having decided that the devil could take on the form of innocent people. Unfortunately for John Proctor their decision made no practical difference until after his execution. Mary Warren,the twenty-year-old maidservant in the Proctor house, accused John as well. Warren was later accused of witchcraft herself. John and Elizabeth Proctor were tried on August 5,1692. They were both found guilty and sentenced to hang. The execution of Elizabeth who was then pregnant was postponed until she had given birth, and eventually she was released. John tried to save himself one last time at his execution saying he was not fit to die. His attempt was unsuccessful and he was hanged on August 19,1692. From Wikipedia and Luke Owens is the chosen one

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How was the Salem witchcraft problem resolved?

The governor banned the insubstanital evidence the convictions were based on after some high profile people were accused. Conviction was then impossible. Those who remained in jail were released in early 1693 and in around 1713, the colony officially declared everyone innocent.

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What were the long term effects of the Salem witch trials?

Salem didn't really have long term effects. It was a localized event that spawned lawsuits and arguments for fifteen years. Today, aside from the continuing study of the trials, it doesn't effect life in America.

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Dates of Salem witch trials?

Winter, 1692, until May, 1693.

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Why do some of the people of Salem confess to being witches when they are not?

they stack blocks of wood on u and continue to add more until u confess.

That only occurred in a single case: Giles Corey's. The reason some people confessed was the mercy showed to confessors. Ie, they were granted forgiveness and imprisoned for however long instead of excuted. Those who did not confess felt it better to die for telling the truth than live because they lied.

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How were the McCarthy hearings and the Salem witch trials simliar?

They hurt innocent people

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How many people were hanged during the Salem witch trial?

Nineteen. Fourteen women and five men.

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How was the first amendment violated during the Salem witch trials?

the Salem Witch trails took place in 1692 and the first amendment was adopted December 15, 1791 so they could not be violating the first amendment.

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If the amendment had existed, it would not have been violated. The victims were arrested on evidence the government declared viable, they were given a fair civil trial and convicted on a charge that was legal in Puritan Massachusetts.

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How are the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism similar?

They both deal with the community turning on each other due to false accusations, in the Salem Witch trails, Abigail is the one accusing other towns people of there witchcraft, in almost all case's she does not have any evidence, except the play she puts on for the community, she starts to use fear to keep people who know the truth from speaking out, and she accuses anyone she hasn't already if they challenger her and say she's lying. Joseph McCarthyism, happened when Joseph McCarthy started falsely accusing people of being a communist, a lot of them lost there jobs and ruined there reputations for the rest of there life's. Most of the accusations had no proof to back them up and yet got such main stream publicity by the media that most of the people accused names where never fully cleared.

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Is there a jury on the Salem witch trials?

No there was not a jury

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Instead of a jury voting on inncoent or guilty, a panel of judges, who knew what they were doing more so than civilians, voted and sentenced.

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How did people prove someone wasn't a witch during the Salem witch trials?

Basically, by killing them.

One test they used to determine wether someone was a witch or not was to tie up the accused person to a chair, and throw them into a body of water. If the person was a witch, they would free themselves and escape death. If not (which was invariably the case), they would drown.

Most tests were like this; if they're a witch, they'll survive this for sure death sentence; if not, they're not a witch and they'll die.

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There was no way to prove an accused witch's innocence in Salem. Witch tests like those detailed above were considered barbaric and the evidence of witchcraft and nonexistance of such were used to decide by the judges to decide on a verdict.

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In wicca is there a god of luck?

Several in different pantheons.

Caerus - Greek god of luck & opportunity.

Fortuna - Roman goddess of luck & good fortune.

Ebisu - Japanese god of candour, wealth, good fortune & fair business practices.

Hotei - Japanese god of fortune, guardian of children, patron of fortune-tellers & Bartenders. Incarnation of Bodhisattva Maitreya. He is said to bring contentment, & Happiness, popularity & magnanimity. Rubbing his belly is said to bring good fortune.

Bishamonten - Japanese god of doctors, soldiers, & priests, dignity, a harbinger of good fortune, wealth, happiness, righteousness, & religious faith.

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In what state did the Salem witch trials take place?

Massachusetts

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Salem gold 100s same as Salem slim 100s?

Salem Lights are called Salem 'Gold'

Salem Ultra lights are called Salem "Silver"

Not sure what the slim 100's are--wish I did.

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Did Halloween actually start from witches?

Yes it was. Halloween/ All hallows eve is our new year celebration. We celebrate the wheel of life turning.

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What were the test for the Salem witch trials?

1.) The town would watch as the accused would recite the Lord's Prayer. If they were truly the devil's servant, they would not be able to say the prayer.

2). If any marks or scars were found on the person's body they were said to be the marks of evil.

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What does Arthur Miller think caused the witch-hunt in Salem?

We don't know for certain. He wrote about the theory that the girls were conscious of what they were doing and were lying. However, that was the theory that made the best parallel to the Red Scare, which he was trying to allude to. So, He could have believed a different theory but wrote about the one that worked for what he wanted to do or he could have believed the one he used in his book.

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What does sporting mean in the Salem witch trials?

During the era the trials occurred during, sporting was used to mean fun. In reference to the trials, it was used by the opponents of the trials to express the possiblity that bored girls were lying about afflictions to have fun.

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Were any children killed in the Salem Witch Trials?

No. Children were accused but none were executed.

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