The Salem Journal:  The Aftermath

Witches' Remise

Ergot Theory Could Clear Accused Witches

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A huge miscarriage of justice may have been perpetrated. A recent scientific study shows that the answer to the recent "bewitchments" may be ergot poisoning. The farmland conditions, especially in the western part of Salem Village, match perfectly with where the fungus, ergot, can grow. This poison grows in rye, the staple crop in Salem, and thrives in warm, damp, swampy places, just like the Putnam land. Given that thirty of the thirty-two afflicted live in the western section, or had a reason why they would have gotten grain from the western section, ergot seems to be the explanation for the "bewitchments". For example, one of the afflicted girls is a servant of a doctor, and probably ate Putnam grain, since the doctor had no grain of his own; the Putnams have a huge amount of farmland, so many people receive the Putnam grain. Everything matches up; the answer could be ergot. Continue reading

The Apologies in Salem

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In 1692, a witch-hunt occurred that tore apart the community of Salem, Massachusetts. A group of young girls accused their neighbors and the people the community trusted the most of being witches. Twenty-four people were killed, and others were scared their families would be accused. Only one of the girls ever apologized for accusing people of being witches. It was difficult for the community to bounce back and heal from what happened, but a few important apologies from key members of the community helped the people of Salem move beyond the witch trials. Continue reading

Life After Death

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On September 22 of 1693, the last of the so-called "witches"were released from prison in Salem Massachusetts. The Salem Witch Trails have officially ended. During the past year, one to two hundred people in the Salem area have been imprisoned. Twenty-four died and fifty-five falsely admitted to witchcraft. The trials did not end at the release of the witches. The aftermath of the Salem Witch Trials plays a big part in life even today. It shows us how much is yet to be learned, and ways in which we can prevent future happenings similar to these.Continue reading

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