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Throughout history millions of people have been scorned accused arrested tortured put to trial and persecuted as witches One would think that by the time the United States was colonized these injustices on humanity would have come to an end but that was not so In 1692 a major tragedy occurred in America the Salem witch trials It all began when a group of girls accused others generally older women of consorting with the devil The witchcraft hysteria in Salem Massachusetts resulted from the strict Puritan code which aroused the girls interest in superstition and magic and caused strange behavior The Salem witch trials were based on the Puritans and their God versus Satan and his followers and their strict codes Puritans had always thought that they were the new chosen people abandoning a land of sin and oppression to establish the Promised Land New England Puritans beliefs were rooted in contrasts 1 They believed that if there was something good there was something bad to contradict it for instance since there was a God there must be a devil Since there was good there must be evil and since there were saints chosen to do Gods work on earth there must be witches who were instruments of the Devil 2 So if someone did not believe in witches it was considered heresy in Salem A witch was regarded as a person who had made an actual deliberate formal pact with Satan and would do all in her in power to aid him in his rebellion against God 3 The Puritans believed that they were living in a world of chaos and crime and directed their efforts to constantly guard against sin 4 Life in Salem Village was not easy at the best of times Gaiety and merrymaking were regarded as irreligious and the people of the village were somber and severe Their lives were spent in hard
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