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The Salem Witch Trials The Salem Witch Trials were of unfair nature The accusations made against many men and women was wrongful and unfair The cause for these trials was due to the belief in witches and witchcraft The reason for such accusations were because many of the accused witches I believe suffered from the still present ailment of hysteria Hysteria I believe is the most accurate logical and reliable explanation for the accusations made against so many people during the early colonial years in New England The people of Salem and the surrounding Puritan areas were under severe amounts of stress and pressure This extreme amount of stress and pressure came from the fact that the way their social stability and order was maintained throughout the towns The Puritans believed that social order stability and peace were very important in trying to achieve their greatest goal to make Earth more like Heaven In trying to pursue this goal that many of the townspeople wanted so badly they felt that one of the only ways to achieve this goal was to keep a very rigid and harsh social structure with laws and punishments Order coexisted with an institutional savagery that appeared in the BURNING of rebellious servants the MAIMING of political dissenters the HANGING of Quakers the EXECUTION of witches and the CRUSHING TO DEATH of an old man that refused to plead before the court The people in Puritan areas were under great stress trying to keep the perfect society and not be put to death by making any mistakes John Norton a local minister of the Puritans once said Better that an innocent and a good man should suffer than order for that preserves the whole When a minister of all people says something like that to his followers then of course there is going to be stress because people trust their minister more than anyone because he will lead them to Heaven
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