The Salem Witch Trials

By Lexi Palmer

What, Where, When, and Why.

The Salem Witch Trials was a time when people believed in demons and witches and over two-hundred people were accused of being a witch. It started in Europe and soon spread to Colonial America and took place in Salem village, Salem town, Ipswich, and Andover to name a few places. The time it started in was February 1692 when young girls in Salem started having seizures, screaming, throwing things, and were in a trance-like state. People needed a logical explanation so they blamed evil spirits and witches for what was happening


The Beginning and End.

Six girls who acted strangely started blaming people for what was happening. Betty Paris, Abigail Williams, and Ann Putnam were three of the girls. Many of people were being accused by then but execution didn't start until June 1692. The first person executed was Bridget Bishop. Soon people were only getting accused because they were rich or had lots of land. The trials finally ended in September 1693. In the end 19 people were executed, 14 were women and 6 being men, and around 200 more people were accused of being witches, many of them died in prison.


Why it's important/aftermath

The Salem witch trials helped teach people the difference between the supernatural and rational thoughts. Without the Salem witch trials amendments five and six in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights would be different. The fifth and sixth amendment allows us to have fair trials in court and allows use to keep our property, liberty, and life. Salem learned these things the hard way and so after the trials ended, the people built a memorial for all the people wrongly executed.