Setting aside my broom, black-cat, and cauldron to be able to answer why the " Salem Witch Trials happened, intrigued me personally to the point of finding extra material in order to post a quality response. An outstanding compilation of original information is found in " Salem-Village Witchcraft: A Documented Record of Local Turmoil in Colonial New Britain, 1993, Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum (editors).
The main reason was not the children's' meanness or the false-statements simply by so-called eye-witnesses, but the social-economic closed-minded behaviour brought about by regional religious-magistrates' over-zealousness. Yes, family-feuds, wild-imaginations, politics, religion, economics, and the " just-looking-for-someone-else-to-blame-for-my-bad-luckвЂќ syndrome all enjoyed parts from this tragedy.
Family-feuds advanced over religious-differences, land-ownership, boundaries, even which in turn side of town you lived in. Politically Salem Town was an individualistic-based economic achievement deriving the wealth from the harbors, when Salem Community had a farm-based economy and felt the others acquired corrupted the Puritan beliefs. The " blame-somebody-attitudeвЂќ developed from ignorance of disease, just bad-luck, or over-imagination. The young girls' acting out was obviously a combination of apathy, idleness, wish to be noticed/accepted getting brought forefront by their very own book-reading and story-telling of Tituba. Several social-economic reasons were inside the plight with the women included as most had been either older-widowed, unemployed-homeless, or possibly a drain in local-resources.
After the witch-trials were stopped, many were hosted in prison because they will could not find the money for to buy all their release, their home being confiscated. Since that time no one has passed away as a convicted-witch in America. Even today in our " freedom-basedвЂќ region it is important to find out that you can nevertheless be " arrested-and-triedвЂќ based upon the identical reasons as then.