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It was good to hear from you again I am glad that all is going well in England but as you know this area and much of New England has been plagued by witch hunts and trials during the past few years In your previous letter you asked how such an atrocity could occur allowing many innocent women children and dogs to be accused and later hung at the gallows or pressed to death Now although many have speculated that this persecution was created and planted into our society by Samuel Parris the minister at the local church I have other ideas from which I believe the harassment may have come In my opinion the Salem witch trials were caused by an age related rebellion between young people and their mothers and fathers a conflict between peoples of different regions and a gender clash between males and femalesYouth rebellion is an obvious contributor to the accusation of witches Charles you and I both know that we felt some opposition towards out parents when we were told to help plow the fields harvest the tobacco and work other hard jobs and perform other tasks I feel that the youth blamed many adults to simply get revenge on those that made them work difficult and tough jobs Once they were blamed the adults could do nothing because children in the community blamed those same wrongly accused adults In a sense the young adults and children were grouping to create the sense that all of them were reliable witnesses who could not be disproved in the local trials Since the persecution began in 1692 Ive noticed that many of the accused witches and their defenders are located just outside Salem village Now although this may seem a bit odd I also find it a little unusual that all the accusations come from accusers within the village It is very obvious that there is a definite separation between those
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