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Some people say the Salem Witch Trials were a less religious persecution than economic in purpose using religion as a false appearance to gain property I believe that the Salem witch trials were a less religious persecution than economical I believe this for many reasons one being that the accused witches were using their witchcraft on other people in the town and it was affecting them Several people were accused of performing witchcraft and were executed for doing so But I do believe that people in towns accused others of witchcraft whenever something went wrong in the town because witchcraft was such a common thing back then When the witches were accused of the so called witchcraft usually if they had one family would have to sell their house This gave the towns people more land and gave other people outside of the town to move into Salem Since there were two diverse portions to Salem it is believed that the richer townsmen of Salem accused the poorer townsmen so they could take their land and sell it or keep it for themselves Salem did have two diverse portions Salem Village and Salem Town Salem was actually part of Salem Town but was established separately by its economy class and character Townspeople of Salem Village were mostly poor farmers who made their living cultivating crops But Salem Town was a wealthy town where the center of trade took place Most of those living in Salem Town were wealthy merchants For many years Salem Village tried to gain independence from Salem Town Salem Village did not have its own church and minister until 1674 But there was also a division within Salem Village Those who lived near Ipswich Road close to the trade of Salem Town became merchants They prospered and supported the economic changes taking place But many of the farmers who lived far from this richness believed the worldliness and wealth of Salem Town
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