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The Salem Witch trials which spanded from June to September in 1962 resulted in 19 people men women and children being hung It was all started by a group of girls and a fearful town The afflicted girls caused mass hysteria through out the town and soon the word witchcraft was being used frequently It all started wuth a small group of girls and a slave Abigal williams Parriss Niece and Betty Parriss Duaghter heard stories from tituba about her life home in Barbados She told the girls about spells and voodooHill 219-224 After hearing this they were fascinated with iut and practiced with it Soon other girls joined them and tried love spells Furture prediction and so on Typical little girl things After being caught dancing int he woods they started having fits and uncontrolable actsHill 225-228 Once this had spread through town everyone assumed it was due to witchcraft Why the girls kept pretending no one knows but soon they were forced into naming other witches This is where it really got out of controlHill 24-28 About 140 people were accused of being witches 38 from the Salem Area Including John Proctor Giles and Martha Corey George Jacobs Sarah Osbourne and a number of other people Even though 19 people were hung a number of others died in prison and Giles Corey was pressed to deathHill 229 He refused to release information that would have innocent people put in jail The worst part of it all was that the girls young immature uneducated girls wielded the pwoer to end any persons life and they did so without caring There were a number of reasons who the witchcraft hysteria flourished In the old days people strongly believed that the Devil was the cause for all evil Disease Natural disasters and bad luck They feared that the devil was in Salem and he was getting people to sign his book This meaning
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