There are some events in history that put the human race to shame; however, these occasions can change our future forever. Society cannot deny that social injustices occur almost every day, maybe even more than once. One large blemish in our history, the Salem Witch Trials, alienated a certain group in our society. These trials were an unfortunate combination of economic conditions, a flock’s strife, teenage boredom, and personal jealousies.
How it developed
In 1692, the occurrence of “witchcraft” began after the Massachusetts Bay Charter revolution and the outbreak of small pox. The rebellion caused hysteria and a sad injustice. Friends were pinned against friends; upstanding citizens were forced to flee for their lives and men and women were put to death (Jurist Legal News and Research Services 2008).The fear of the devil influenced the cruelty that took place. Most of the settlers that established their homes in the colony were puritans, a member of a group of English Protestants who revolted against the Church of England. The belief that God punished sinful behavior with misfortune did not help circumstances. The puritans targeted outcasts, people who never really fit it in; they wanted to rid the towns of these suspected sinners.
With the roots taking hold, an avalanche of accusations followed for the next few months. The beliefs that helped trigger the accusation that left men, women and children abused, murdered, or left to rot in jail came from false hearsay. Arthur Miller says, it is widely assumed that hysteria approximately close to what was seen 308 years ago could never again effect out government system. Today some events call assumptions to question; in some cases we see sticking similarities to what had happened in the Salem Witch trials. In these circumstances there are multiplying accusations, innocent behavior misinterpreted, use of investigatory techniques that assumed guilt, and a fear of skeptics to step forward and bring common sense to the proceedings.
The trials began
In chronological order the accused citizens were sent to jail, that grew to being tortured and that led to execution and the hangings. Just a few young girls could convince people in town that community members were performing witchcraft. The town persecuted the suspected witch and tortured them with pain. The town has corrupted itself; the first hanging was June 10th in Gallows Hills, a barren slope near Salem. Bridget Bishop was an older woman known for her gossipy manner. She stated that she was as innocent as an unborn child but apparently her case was not convincing. There was no tangible evidence against anyone. A local town’s member that was respected by the church was charged with this “witch behavior”. The whole town developed concern; if she was a witch then anyone could be. Magistrates even accused a four year old girl, Dorothy; her lack of confidence in her words was taken as a confession.