Context


The Salem Witch Trials took place between the years 1692 and 1693 in a number of small towns in Massachusetts: Salem Village (now Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich, and Andover. The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, most of whom were women. The trials were predicated on the Puritan notion that the supernatural was a part of everyday life. Witchcraft trials had taken place in various villages across the colonies prior to the Salem Witch Trials, though only twelve individuals were executed because of supposed “witchcraft” prior to the events in Salem.

The events that lead to the

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