Causes for the outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in salem 1 strong belief that satan is acting in the world-----the invisible world: disease, natural catastophes, and bad fortune attributed to work of the devil. Salem possessed: the social origins of witchcraft placed the trials as a battle between rural, conservative salem village and cosmopolitan, prosperous, maritime salem town mary beth norton's in the devil's snare took a different approach by identifying the indian war. If she floats she's a witch if she sinks she's innocent -- but now drowned, alas the witch trials that swept through europe from the 1300's into the 1700's baffle the rational modern mind. Salem witch trials, (june 1692-may 1693), in american history, a series of investigations and persecutions that caused 19 convicted witches to be hanged and many other suspects to be imprisoned in salem village in the massachusetts bay colony (now danvers, massachusetts. The salem witch trials were one of the most famous cases of mass hysteria, caused by a lethal collision of the cult beliefs of the puritans and the group hysteria caused by convulsive ergotism.
At first examination of this topic, ergot seems like a logical theory for the cause of the event however, it raises more questions than it answers, and that is why ergot is not the most likely cause of the salem witch trials it is not well founded. One of the most popular theories as to what could have caused the mass hysteria of salem in 1692 is that of ergot poisoning ergot is a fungus found in bread, and has the same effect as hallucinogenic drugs. An engraving depicting a scene from the salem witch trials the central figure in this 1876 illustration of the courtroom is usually identified as mary walcott, 17, one of several girls in salem. The convulsive symptoms from ergot-tainted rye may have been the source of accusations of bewitchment that spurred the salem witch trials this medical explanation for the theory of bewitchment was first propounded by linnda r caporael in 1976 in an article in science.
Another theory is that the salem witch trials were related to the church the puritan church was beginning to feel as if it were losing control over its parishioners instead of following puritan values, the attainment of wealth was becoming a focus for the merchants, and the church was slowly losing power. The salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial massachusetts between february 1692 and may 1693 more than 200 people were accused, nineteen of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging (fourteen women and five men. See also her helpful annotated bibliography on the witch trials (new url and expanded bibliography) (new url and expanded bibliography) pbs site examining the theory that ergot poisoning (similar to the influence of lsd ) from fungus on rye caused the outbreak. What were the salem witch trials and why are they so famous also known as the salem witchcraft trials, these legal proceedings in salem, massachusetts in 1692, resulted in 20 people, mostly women, being hanged for witchcraft.
On march 1, 1692 the salem witch trials began but the panic that ravaged many towns and villages have gone on for three centuries though the events are generally familiar to the world, many. On a fine day in january 1692, a set of events would unfold that would change the course of history a dark spot in the name of humanity these events would collectively come to be known as 'the salem witch trials. Revenge in the salem witchcraft hysteria: the putnam family and george burroughs anastasia karson if the putnams and others ever laid plans to ensnare any one person in the course of the witch-hunt, that person was [george] burroughs. Another theory for the cause of the trials has to deal with the distinction between both salem village and salem town salem village and salem town were politically a single unit, but socially as well as economically the two were diverse and because of this it caused a rivalry. The salem witch trials started because of a conflict between 2 families who lived in salem village, who argued about whether salem village should separate from salem town.
A collection of images, documents, essays, maps, links, games, and other information pertaining to the salem witch trials of 1692 the salem witchcraft trials of 1692 essays, primary documents, biographical sketches, chronology, images, and other documents relating to the 1692 trials for witchcraft in salem, massachusetts. The salem witch trials may have been an irrational event, but they still have a rational explanation numerous scholars have attempted to explain away the events with multiple theories, but only one explanation has withstood questioning. In salem village massachusetts in 1692 the last large-scale witch trial of the western world began because a little girl of about nine years old and her relative, a girl of eleven who was bound.
Salem witch trials: the fungus theory miss cellania • monday, october 15, 2012 at 5:00 am the following is an article from uncle john's heavy duty bathroom reader. The salem witch trials took place between february of 1692 and may of 1693 by the end of the trials, hundreds were accused of witchcraft, nineteen were executed and several more died in prison awaiting either trial or execution. There were a number of religious factors that contributed to the salem witch trials among these are the influence of the strict puritan lifestyle, the believed presence of the devil in the community, and a conspiracy theory involving the town ministers.
Linnda caporael may have solved one of the biggest mysteries of early american history — the cause of the salem witch trials — but she stumbled onto the case quite by accident. Terror what really happened to salem's witches the hysteria that was the foundation for the infamous persecution of witches in 1692 has contemporary echoes in how 'witch hunts' form today. The salem witch crisis, written by rian hist, examines the evidence of the catastrophe, in the late 1600ssimilarly, larry gragg, who wrote under an evil hand, clearly states the events of the salem witch trials.
Key figures of the salem witch trials this nearpod author's lesson introduces the background and key figures of the salem witch trials and explores three theories as to how the hysteria may have begun this lesson is most appropriate for 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. The infamous salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in salem village, massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women. The economic theories of the salem events tend to be two-fold: the first attributes the witchcraft trials to an economic downturn caused by a little ice age that lasted from 1550-1800 the second cites socioeconomic issues in salem itself.