The Salem Witch Trials took place in 1692. The people of Salem killed innocent people, accusing them of witchcraft. These killings were a result of a group of girls, which were claimed to have been possessed by the devil. Most of the people accused were women, but there were men killed and accused also.
The Salem Witch Trials is worthy of study to remember all the people who died in vain. Approximately 200 people were accused of witchcraft and thrown in jail, awaiting trail. Over 20 people were killed. They were hung, burned, drowned, and some died in prison due to starvation and sickness. One man, Giles Corey, was pressed to death. They placed a board on his chest, and as people watched, they placed ...view middle of the document...
These people were demonstrating McCarthyism, they were accusing and killing people of witchcraft and they didn’t have any real evidence that they were witches.
The short-term impact was that 20+ people were killed. Families and friends lost people in their lives. Then, later it was admitted that they were innocent, and shouldn’t have been killed. The long-term impact is freedom of religion. I can have a different religion then my neighbor and no one is going to accuse me of being a witch. The First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Which means that there can’t be a law passed that says in can’t practice a certain religion.
The villagers were afraid. They didn’t know who was going to be in charge. At the time there was confusion and fear on if there was going to be a separate leader, other than the Church. This fear resulted in accusations of witchcraft. Which lead to more fear, all these people were being killed and locked up. They didn’t know who was going to be accused, people were lying to save themselves from getting locked up.
There are arguments about whether people were actually practicing witchcraft, or had been possessed by the devil. Giles Corey was pressed to death because he pleaded not guilty at his trial. People then said they saw him practicing witchcraft and praying to the devil. He was eventually found guilty, even though the “evidence” was fake.
In Conclusion, The Salem Witch Trails were a cry of fear. The people got scared and made up a reason to accuse people of wrongdoing. The many killed will always be innocent but, will also always be dead because of fear.