The Third Depression I am but one fallible soul in a universe of human emotion and thought more like like a turbulent seaso tonight I would like to bring to you once again, the thoughts of other souls, who might, and quite likely do, have a better understanding of our situation, in this case, the economic situation. They may, or may not be extreme, cheery, beyond the pale, and etc. In any event, they raise good questions and food for thought.
In addition, one man was pressed to death by heavy weights for refusing to enter a plea; at least eight people died in prison, including one infant and one child; and more than one hundred and fifty individuals were jailed while awaiting trial.
Due to the survival of many relevant records, including notes, depositions, and official rulings, the main facts of the accusations, arrests, trials, and executions are known. What has always engaged scholars is the search for the causes of the "witch hysteria. Parris eventually called in the local physician, William Griggs, who found the girls experiencing convulsions and scurrying around the room and barking like dogs.
The doctor was puzzled and unable to offer a medical explanation, but suggested that it might be the work of evil forces. Parris consulted with local ministers, who recommended he wait to see what happened. But word of the unexplained fits had already spread around Salem Village, and soon several other girls, including three from the home of Thomas Putnam, Jr.
Pressured to explain what or who had caused their behavior, the girls named three Village women as witches.
One named was Tituba, the Rev. Another named as a witch was Sarah Good, an unpopular woman who had reportedly muttered threats against her neighbors; the third was Sarah Osborne, who had allowed a man to live with her for some months before they were married. Warrants for the three were issued on February Good and Osborne declared that they were innocent and knew nothing of witchcraft, but Tituba exuberantly confessed, claiming that witchcraft was practiced by many in the area.
Her confession excited the villagers.
While she was examined in the meeting house in front of hundreds of people, the afflicted girls cried out in what appeared to be extreme agony. More individuals were accused and jailed as the weeks passed, but no trials could legally take place because, for the first three months of the witchcraft uproar, Massachusetts was without a legally-established government.
On May 14,Governor William Phips arrived with a new charter and soon created a special Court of Oyer to hear and Terminer to determine.
She was not the first accused to die, however; Sarah Osborne died of natural causes in a jail in Boston on May On June 15 a group of ministers including Cotton Mather, wrote Governor Phips urging that special caution be taken in the use of evidence in the trials, but the ministers said no more publicly in July, August, or September.
The court next met on June 29 and heard the cases of five accused women. When the jury tried to acquit one of them, Rebecca Nurse, Stoughton sent the jury back to deliberate some more. When they returned they had changed their verdict to guilty.
The women were hanged on July By this time the witchcraft hysteria had spread not only to Salem Town but to Andover. August and September brought more convictions and hangings. The last eight accused witches were hanged on September 22, in what would turn out to be the final executions.
The elder Mather insisted that proper evidence should be used in witchcraft cases just as in any other capital cases. He strongly opposed spectral evidence, or evidence based on ghost sightings. As accusations mounted against people of higher and more respectable positions, skepticism grew in the public as to the appropriateness of witchcraft charges.
Thomas Brattle wrote an insightful letter to Governor Phips highly criticising the trials. On October 12, Phips, whose own wife had been accused of witchcraft, forbade any further imprisonments for witchcraft, and on the 29th dissolved the Court of Oyer and Terminer."I liked the information that you gave to me because it helped me do a analytical essay for this short story and i give it a 10/10 =) ".
The Tragedy of the Salem Witchcraft Trials Throughout history millions of people, eighty-percent of which were women, have been scorned, accused, arrested, tortured, put to trial and persecuted as witch's.
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Salem Witch Trial: Inevitable Tradgedy. The Salem Witch Trials began around the time of In history it is a mass hysteria for people on the "witch hunt".
This is the time where people went on witch hunts to accuse those who were guilty of being involved in witch craft. This unfortunate event occurred in the town of Boston, Massachusetts.
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J. London. It is easy in hindsight to view the conflict and its result as inevitable. /5(1). Salem Witch Trials – An infamous episode in American history, the Salem witch trials of resulted in the execution by hanging of fourteen women and five men accused of being witches.