The real story of the witch trials skip to content the atlantic how satan came to salem but the witches gives us scenes like the one in the salem town meetinghouse on april 11, 1692. A factual recounting of the salem witch events of 1692 modern day research has cleared up some of the misconceptions surrounding the witch frenzy that resulted in twenty innocent people being executed for alleged devil worship looking back at the events of 1692 we see how intolerance and. Salem story engages the story of the salem witch trials by contrasting an analysis of the surviving primary documentation with the way events of 1692 have been mythologised by our culture the book examines a variety of individual motives that converged to precipitate the witch-hunt. The population of salem town and village at the time of the witch trials cannot be stated with precision, but a reasonable estimate for the population of the combined area was about 2000 residents, with the population of salem village numbering between 500 and 600 residents. Abigail williams abigail williams was one of the main accusers in the salem witch trials the 11-year-old niece of reverend samuel parris showed signs of fits and hysterics in mid-january 1692.
Salem story engages the story of the salem witch trials through an analysis of the surviving primary documentation and juxtaposes that against the way in which our culture has mythologized the events of 1692. This website, from the city of salem, offers an illustrated overview of the witch hunts and trials with links to notable sites and memorials salem witch trials chronology the hysteria began on january 20, 1692, and lasted through november 25 of the same year. The salem witch trials were a series of hearings before local magistrates followed by county court of trials to prosecute people accused of witchcraft in essex, suffolk, and middlesex counties of colonial massachusetts, between february 1692 and may 1693. A very interesting topic indeed the salem witch trials were a series of prosecutions against people accused of practicing witchcraft in the pre-revolutionary united states from 1692 to 1693.
Learn more about bridget bishop, the first woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 salem witch trials she was the first to be tried, then hanged. It was here that puritan colonists held the salem witch trials of 1692 setting the scene it was a period of unrest in salem, massachusetts at the end of the 17th century. As a way to draw together the earlier work on puritan beliefs and the more specific instance of the salem witch trials, introduce to students the description of witchcraft available at the edsitement-reviewed website history matters you might ask students questions like: who was the head of a puritan household. The salem witch trials occurred in colonial massachusetts between 1692 and 1693 more than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the devil's magic—and 20 were executed eventually.
See more of martha carrier and the salem witchcraft story on facebook if you want to take a last look around the salem story: reading the witch trials of 1692. Escaping salem: the other witch hunt of 1692 few events in american history are as well remembered as the salem witch trials of 1692 but there was another witch. The story of the witch trials begins in february of 1692 when betty parris, age nine, and her cousin abigail williams, age eleven, began to exhibit strange behavior they began to hide under furniture, scream, and bark like dogs. The witches of salem four years before the salem trials, that i should quickly come to disgrace by that history by may, 1692, eight salem girls had claimed to be enchanted by.
We have all heard of the salem witch trials from history class and/or other sources what is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word witch. A delusion of satan by frances hill is an intriguing book to read regarding the salem witch trials events because hill formats the book with facts it is a good read for someone who is looking for concrete information about salem and the trials and also a good book to look to first when beginning to research the events. 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 witchcraft trials in massachusetts during 1692 resulted in nineteen innocent men and women being hanged, one man pressed to death, and in the deaths. Professor emeritus of english at state university of new york at binghamton, bernard rosenthal is the author of the classic salem story: reading the salem witch trials of 1692 and general editor of records of the salem witch-hunt, which includesread more.
This is a one lesson unit from reading through history documenting the events surrounding the salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693 it includes a two page reading along with three pages of questions to accompany the reading. For the past four decades, the museum has told the true story behind the salem witch trials of 1692 and provided context for understanding the phenomenon of witch hunts and witchcraft in general from the middle ages to modern times. Tituba was the first to be accused of practicing witchcraft during the 1692 salem witch trials little is known regarding tituba's life prior to her enslavement little is known regarding tituba's life prior to her enslavement.
In salem village in the massachusetts bay colony, bridget bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the salem witch trials, is hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft. If you want to understand the salem witch trials, you have to experience cry innocent the year is 1692 bridget bishop has been accused of witchcraft and you are on the puritan jury.
During the salem witch trials, an accused person's fate was determined by whether they chose to confess to or deny practicing witchcraft either way, it was a lose-lose situation for the accused because they would lose their property, get thrown in jail (and possibly die of bad conditions), or even get hanged. By closely reading historical documents and attempting to interpret them, students consider how arthur miller interpreted the facts of the salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them in his play, the crucible. Barring fictional characters, a slave named tituba is america's most famous witch she was there at ground zero in the case of the salem witch trials of 1692 but because she was a slave, her.