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This was the beginning of a period of mass hysteria known as The Salem Witch Trials.

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Puritanism is the act of colonists who had left England seeking religious tolerance. It worked, the crisis subsided before anyone who had confessed to witchcraft was executed. Ms Mades-Byrd said confessions confirmed the belief the Salem area was overrun with witches and put people at risk of being hanged.

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These settlers were called the Puritans, dissenters from the Church of England Duboi and Dumenil As in complaints upon witchcrafts, there may be matters of inquiry which do not amount unto matters of presumption, and there may be matters of presumption which yet may not be matters of conviction, so it is necessary, that all proceedings thereabout be managed with an exceeding tenderness towards those that may be complained of, especially if they have been persons formerly of an unblemished reputation.

And, of course, it happened here — where I live in downtown Salem.

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The box is composed of Canadian Pink granite, and on its front is carved several different and local style rosettes, typical design features found in both Puritan furniture and gravestones.

Crewe, Sabrina and Michael V. Add in the numerous films and television series that reference Salem, and things get even more distorted.

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At school, he studied journalism, became the night editor of the Michigan Daily, and began experimenting with theater and writing plays. Since the jurist Sir Matthew Hale had permitted this evidence, supported by the eminent philosopher, physician and author Thomas Browne , to be used in the Bury St Edmunds witch trial and the accusations against two Lowestoft women, the colonial magistrates also accepted its validity and their trials proceeded. The weight of truth, symbolized in the granite box and book, is also represented smashing through the falsehood of history, depicted by a pair of large scale reproduction metal shackles divided in two by the book and resting broken upon the block of granite. Ms Mades-Byrd said confessions confirmed the belief the Salem area was overrun with witches and put people at risk of being hanged. About 10 per cent of people are Wiccan, a nature-based religion that is similar to witchcraft. Ergot is a mould that grows on rye and when ingested, it has hallucinogenic effects similar to taking LSD. Some were hanged and hundreds were accused of conjuring and witchery.

After these young girls began to portray unusual behavior the village doctor came to the scene and diagnosed the girls to be possessed by the devil. The trial resulted in more than men and women in and around Salem jailed on charges of practicing "Witchcraft.

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And particularly, as I was a chief instrument of accusing of Goodwife Nurse and her two sisters, I desire to lie in the dust, and to be humbled for it, in that I was a cause, with others, of so sad a calamity to them and their families; for which cause I desire to lie in the dust, and earnestly beg forgiveness of God, and from all those unto whom I have given just cause of sorrow and offence, whose relations were taken away or accused. All were found not guilty but were not released until they paid their jail fees. Hundreds of people were falsely accused of witchcraft and many paid the ultimate price of death. The Puritan town of Salem was home to most of these trials, and became the center of much attention in Finance Chairman Ralph E. According to a New York Times article, within the last fifteen years alone, more than 2, Indians have been killed after being accused of witchcraft. Very nearly five years after the trials closed, Sewall remained before the gathering of the South Church in Boston while Rev. They have very strict religious rules and were often accused of witchcraft because they were outspoken and often criticised the witch trials. Because of their thought on the ideal community as a straitlaced society, those who portrayed an imperfect model were to be isolated.

When he was upon the Ladder, he made a speech for the clearing of his Innocency, with such Solemn and Serious Expressions as were to the Admiration of all present; his Prayer which he concluded by repeating the Lord's Prayer [as witches were not supposed to be able to recite] was so well worded, and uttered with such composedness as such fervency of spirit, as was very Affecting, and drew Tears from many, so that if seemed to some that the spectators would hinder the execution.

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