The Trial Of The Salem Witch Trials Essay

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The Salem Witch Trials began late 1691, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts said they were possessed by the devil and accused three local women of witchcraft. During this time, those that were religious believed that the devil could give certain people the power to harm others. The accusation created panic between people and quickly created a massive witch hunt. A special court was created in Salem to hear the cases of those accused of being a witch. At some point, accusation of witchcraft spread to people of any age including kids.The punishment for practicing witchcraft was hanging. As accusations and executions increased, the governor realized that there was something wrong with the colony’s system of justice. Many that were accused were executed and others were released at the end when the trials were put a stop. (Foner, 109-110)

Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American poet. In 1761, Wheatley was kidnapped from West Africa and enslaved. She was purchased by John Wheatley as a servant for his wife. Although Phillis was brought as a slave, the Wheatleys took a great interest in Phillis’s education. Phillis learned to read and write English, and she became familiar with Latin, Greek, the Bible, and other classics at an early age. Wheatley had a hard time publishing her poems because of the bad economy. Phillis published her first poem in a new england newspaper in 1765. At the end, after both Mr. and Mrs. Wheatley died Phillis was…

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