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The Salem Witch Trials. Salem, Massachusetts January 20, 1692 November 25, 1692. How Did the trials Begin?. The village ministers daughter, Betty Paris , and his niece, Abigail , became suddenly ill - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials

Salem, MassachusettsJanuary 20, 1692 November 25, 16921 The village ministers daughter, Betty Paris, and his niece, Abigail, became suddenly illThe towns doctor could not confirm a diagnosis so it was said that they were under the influence of witchcraft. After the diagnosis many of the other girls in the town also became infected with the same disease

How Did the trials Begin?

2What is witchcraft exactly?Witchcraft is the power that a specific person has that is able to do harm to others and influence the acts of nature.Many witches or wizards were believed to be healers, potion makers, candle makers, scientists, philosophy teachers, Psychics, and librarians.

3 Throwing ones self to the floorTwitchingScreaming uncontrollablyFeverAbdominal and muscular painWhat were some of the Symptoms of being infected by witchcraft?

4Who were the accused?When the girls were forced to tell who was the start of the witchcraft they pointed out:

Tituba Betty Paris fathers slaveSarah OsborneSarah Good

5TitubaTituba was the slave of Reverend Samuel ParisShe was originally from a small village in south AmericaShe was brought to Barbados and then sold into slaveryShe told stories of witchcraft and fortune telling to the girls in Salem

6 When it came time for the women to appear in court, Tituba pleaded guilty. Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn refused to be called a witch and were put under interrogation.The two women were asked questions repeatedly some of them were:Are you involved in any form of witch craft?Are you or were you ever a witch?Do you know how the girls in the town became sick?

The Trials7

8The AccusedA total of 141 people were accused19 were hung at Gallows hillOne died due to being crushed to death7 others died in prison

Most of the men and women who were accused were wealthy and over the age of sixty

9What actually caused the girls to have such odd behavior? Ergot poisoning caused by the consumption of bread the was contaminated by the Ergot fungusArguments between familiesThe thought of gaining more land Rye mold Rye mold is known to cause hallucinogenic chemicals that may have led to hallucinations Actual witches and wizards

There are many theories that are believed to cause the girls to have their particularly odd behavior

10What ended the trials?Ministers started to not believe in witchcraftOverturned convictions Compensation to the relatives of the victimsIt were better than ten suspected witches should escape than one innocent person should be condemned.- Reverend Increase Mather

This is the document that ended the Salem Witch Trials.11What do people think today of what caused the Salem witch trials? Many people today believe that people were accused of witchcraft because of the large amounts of land that many of the accused owned in the town of Salem.