Salem Witch Trials

By JT Opland

The Trials

The Salem Witch Trials started in 1692, in a small town in Massachusetts called Salem. A group of young girls started accusing people of witchcraft, led by Abigail Williams. Many people in the town were accused, and some confessed to being a witch, which would win them back their life, but others refused to confess because that would be lying, and this would mean that they would be hanged. A special court was appointed to see if the accused were innocent or guilty, and 19 people ended up hanging. The mass hysteria started to spread throughout the village, and the people started to turn on the court. The conclusion is that witchcraft must have the same amount of evidence like any other crime, and the trials were found to be unlawful.
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