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In late 1692 a mass hysteria fell over the Puritan inhibited town of town of Salem Village Massachusetts Strange and often unexplainable phenomenon was experienced by the townspeople The disturbing events that took place ware attributed to malevolence of witchcraft In less than six months 19 men and women were hanged 17 innocents died in filthy prisons an 80-year old man was crushed to death and two dogs were stoned to death for collaborating with the Devil The events of 1692 took place during a difficult and confusing period for Salem Village As part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony Salem was under British rule When the hysteria began the colony was waiting for a new governor and had no charter to enforce laws By the time the new governor William Phips arrived in Massachusetts the jails were already filled with alleged witches To make matters worse New England towns were under attack by Native Americans and French Canadians Salem Village faced daily challenges closer to home as well Most families had to support themselves making their own clothes planting vegetables raising meat Farming was often a painstaking task in the harsh climate and rough rocky terrain--and a drought or flood could ruin a years harvest An epidemic of smallpox could kill a family In a world where people saw the Devil lurking behind every misfortune it is little wonder they believed evil spirits were at work But there may have been stronger factors behind the witch hunts--the Puritan lifestyle a strong belief in the Devil and witchcraft the divisions within Salem Village and the expectations of children Church was the cornerstone of 17th century life in New England Most people in Massachusetts were Puritans--colonists who had left England seeking religious tolerance But the strict Puritan code was far from tolerant It was against the law not to attend church--where men and women sat on opposite sides through long services The Puritan lifestyle was restrained and
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