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The Salem Witchcraft Trials Did the Devil Make Them Do It One of the most devastating events in history was the Salem Witchcraft Trials Due to a few hysterical girls accusations and the fear of a village twenty people were executed and hundreds were put in jail Now the question still asked today is Were the people accused really witches possessed by the devil The belief today is that no they were not witches nor were they involved with the devil In fact the people who were at fault were really the accusers The Puritan people the people involved with the trials had endured many hardships and dangers which they blamed on the devil This helped fuel their very religious and superstitious ways In fact the ministers sermons were often times more anti-devil than pro-Christ In addition being cheerful and playing were considered very non-religious activities to these people Their entire lives were devoted to working and the children were usually very bored If a little girl was caught playing with a doll she was sent to the minister for a long lecture since even dolls were considered to play a part in witchery When the girls first started acting disturbed it was after hearing stories about children who had been tormented by witches The girls would throw tantrums and have fits in which they would run around screaming that they were being hurt This kind of behavior was defined as being an act of the devil But strangely enough they never seemed to have these fits when there was not an audience around to see them Therefore the bewildered people asked the girls who harmed them and the girls just started giving them names of fellow villagers This is when the actual court trials started During the trials the main source for prosecution was through relating evidence People who had been affected by the devil supposedly had a
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