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When a person first thinks of the word witch the first thing that comes to mind is the silly old woman who wears all black wart on her nose and rides a broom As strange as it is there was a time when the joke wasnt so funny In 1692 there was an event called the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem Massachusetts Nineteen men and women who were wrongly accused of committing witchcraft were hung after a judge and jury found them guilty The events that took place during the Salem witch trials are some of the most famous and dark times of the United States The way the trials began was that John Putnam was elected to be the town minister He moved his family to the town of Salem and was a respected man in the community Johns family consisted of his wife Elizabeth daughter Betty and niece Abigail At about the same time this was going on a book by Cotton Mather entitled Memorable Providences was gaining much popularity Linder This book had a huge influence because it described the witchcraft of a suspected witchcraft of an Irish washerwoman in Boston Linder It listed the same symptoms that Johns daughter Betty was having Shortly after three other girls began to have the same unusual behavior that was reflected the book These girls began to convince other people in the village that the devil was amongst them that witches were making these girls act in such a ridiculous manner The first three people that the girls accused were Tituba a Indian slave of Johns Sarah Good a town misfit who lived anywhere she could and the third was Sarah Osborn who was a very old woman who hadnt attended church for over a year which at the time was frowned upon The three women were sent to be examined on March 1 1692 During the examination the three were asked
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