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Postby Anwell » Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:43 pm

Hi, I have just been asked to write an essay with this topic. Although I am not too knowledgeable on this topic. I was hoping that you could help me figure out some ideas. For now though I do know that some girls from Salem Massachusetts started this whole hysteria. As a result a "witch hunt" began from 1692-1693. Futhermore the question that I am trying to answer is: How did all of this affect the tensions and changes in the seventeenth century in New England life and thought? Also I have to come up with a descent and resonable thesis sentence. I would appreciate any help that you could offer me. Thank you.
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Salem Witch Episode

Postby Tadao » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:12 am

SALEM WITCH TRIAL   This should get you started on your essay, Daisy. You might want to entitle your writings "YOU ARE YOURSELF AND NOONE ELSE."   A witch-hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and lynching, but in historical instances also legally sanctioned and involving official witchcraft trials. The classical period of witchhunts in Europe and North America falls into the Early Modern period or about 1480 to 1750, spanning the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years' War, resulting in an estimated 40,000 to 100,000 executions.[1]   The last executions of people convicted as witches in Europe took place in the 18th century. In the Kingdom of Great Britain, witchcraft ceased to be an act punishable by law with the Witchcraft Act of 1735. In Germany, sorcery remained punishable by law into the late 18th century. Contemporary witch-hunts are reported from Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Papua New Guinea. Official legislation against witchcraft is still found in Saudi Arabia and Cameroon.   The term "witch-hunt" since the 1930s has also been in use as a metaphor to refer to moral panics in general(frantic persecution of perceived enemies). This usage is especially associated with the Second Red Scare of the 1950s(the McCarthyist persecution of communists in the United States).   That's it from here, Daisy. Take care and stay safe.          HANK  
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