The Salem Journal

Witches' Remise

Slave Accused of Witchcraft

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Last night, Reverend Parris's slave was accused of witchcraft by his daughter and her cousin. The slave, by name of Tituba, had told the girls lots and lots of stories about magic, fortune-telling and spirits. Reverend Parris's daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) Parris, and her cousin, Abigail Williams, were at first intrigued with the stories, but later fell into mysterious fits of hysterics. They would fall into random trances and stare at the wall, scream, yell and sob whenever somebody touched them, or even throw the Bible. Elizabeth Parris was the first to be exposed to what everyone says was the Devil’s hand. As soon as Abigail Williams became bewitched as well, Reverend Parris began questioning the girls. After days and days of questioning, finally, in annoyance, Betty Parris accused Tituba. Tituba was carried off to prison.Continue reading

Court Procedures

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Trials have been held in Salem Village ever since the hysteria of Witchcraft started. These trials were held considering the population of witches hiding in Salem. Many people have been accused so far in this historical crisis. The court procedures have changed with the arrival of Governor William Phips.Continue reading

The Hysteria Begins

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In 1692, Betty Parris and Abigail Williams created a massive hysteria that would cause many innocent people to be accused and executed.Continue reading

World News, 1690-92: Beyond Salem

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Many interesting things happened in the past couple of years and this news just arrived to share with the entire town of Salem Massachusetts. The world is rapidly changing, new inventions, and events race by. Occasions that occurred over the past two years (1690-1692), I will be reviewing novel inventions, important events, battles, and other items of importance.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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