An overview of the infamous salem witch trials of 1690s

A dealer had just purchased a collection of spoons from an estate which had been "hidden" for a great many years. As soon as he was turned off [hanged], Mr.

Salem witch trials

The parsonage in Salem Villageas photographed in the late 19th century The present-day archaeological site of the Salem Village parsonage In Salem Village, in FebruaryBetty Parrisage 9, and her cousin Abigail Williamsage 11, the daughter and niece, respectively, of Reverend Samuel Parris, began to have fits described as "beyond the power of Epileptic Fits or natural disease to effect" by John Halethe minister of the nearby town of Beverly.

The Salem Witch Trials.

Salem Witch Trials

Squabbles over property were commonplace, and litigiousness was rampant. This was a remarkable set of circumstances which now allows me to share with you the spoons leading to the establishment of the "Salem Witch Spoon" and consequently the entire Souvenir Spoon Movement.

She was accused of witchcraft because of her appalling reputation. In Ann Putnam, Jr. This document remains part of the town records at City Hall. Initially, Tituba also claimed to be blameless, but after being repeatedly badgered and undoubtedly fearful owing to her vulnerable status as a slaveshe told the magistrates what they apparently wanted to hear—that she had been visited by the devil and made a deal with him.

The accusers said the black Man [Devil] stood and dictated to him. Mather, however, used his experience with Goodwins to further his notion that New England was in fact a battleground with Satan.

Salem witch trials

The first five cases tried in January were of the five people who had been indicted but not tried in September: When the Court of Oyer and Terminer convened at the end of May, the total number of people in custody was In regard to the Salem witch trials, however, it was Mather's interest in the craft and actions of Satan that won him an audience with the most powerful figures involved in the trial proceedings, several of the judges and the local ministers in Salem.

Many in the community who viewed the unfolding events as travesties remained mute, afraid that they would be punished for raising objections to the proceedings by being accused of witchcraft themselves. Spectral evidence Title page of Cases of Conscience Boston, by Increase Mather Much, but not all, of the evidence used against the accused, was spectral evidenceor the testimony of the afflicted who claimed to see the apparition or the shape of the person who was allegedly afflicting them.

It was not part of the Low collection It is shown here to demonstrate the types of spoons which were used as souvenirs at that time in history more information on this spoon is in the Germany spoons exhibit While the Salem Witch spoon received the credit for starting the souvenir spoon frenzy in this country, the first American souvenir spoon was made about a year earlier.

It is very certain that the Devils have sometimes represented the Shapes of persons not only innocent, but also very virtuous. The process of identifying witches began with suspicions or rumours.

Perhaps Cotton's most self-damning act within the public eye was his publication of the volume The Wonders of the Invisible World, in October,after the final executions. It was this same hysteria that provided the behavioral model for the circle of "afflicted" girls during the trials in Salem.

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In Ipswich, Rachel Clinton was arrested for witchcraft at the end of March on independent charges unrelated to the afflictions of the girls in Salem Village.

The rightmost spoon has been turned upside down so that you can see the design and date. Unfortunately the work did not get released until after the trials had already ended.Salem Witch Spoon The horizontal spoon is the "infamous Salem Witch " spoon, first pattern (registered 1/13/) manufactured by Durgin, which is credited with launching the entire souvenir spoon movement in the United States.

The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between and More than people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil's magic—and 20 were executed. Besides his involvement with the witch trials in Salem during the s, Cotton Mather is remembered as one of the most influential Puritan ministers of his day.

Salem, Massachusetts

Never achieving his father's success as a political leader or president of Harvard, Cotton made his mark through his efforts as a master of the pen.

Salem witch trials: Salem witch trials, in American history, investigations and trials of accused witches in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in – The Trials ended during the time period between and when the accusations mounted to a ridiculous rate.

People from all walks of life such as rich individuals, merchants, and even the governors wife were all accused of being witches. Much of the city's cultural identity reflects its role as the location of the infamous Salem witch trials ofas featured in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Police cars are adorned with witch logos, a local public elementary school is known as Witchcraft Heights.

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An overview of the infamous salem witch trials of 1690s
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