The Salem Witch Trials

By Jessica Andrade

The Salem Witch Trials began to get rid of any witches to protect the townspeople. The trials began in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. The first to be accused of witchcraft were Tituba and John Indian; two slaves. Eventually more accusations were made, normally women. Most of the accused would tell the names of other 'witches'.
Some quotes know well from the trials are "I am no more a witch than you are a wizard. If you take my life away, God will give you blood to drink." - Sarah Good, one of the accused

"Toil and grow rich, what's that but to lie with a foul witch..?" -William Yeats

The cause of the event was people saying others were witches, or they themselves was a witch. Supposed witches were tried, but normally ended in death or jail. The 'witches' were put in jail, hung, flattened, and drowned. The only effect these trials had on America was the beginning of fear of witches, and knowledge of how gruesome these trials were.
An interesting fact was that Anne Hibbins told her neighbors she was possessed of supernatural powers, so she was taken to court and was later executed for being a witch. Finally, in 1693, all remaining accused were released. A play known as The Crucible was made about The Salem Witch Trials.