What Caused the Salem Witch Trials?
There was still a strong belief in Christian mysticism in late 17th century New England, and many people were paranoid about spiritualists. In 1692, nineteen women and one man were executed for witchcraft because of this paranoia. The witch trials only stopped when important, well though of people began being accused. These trials tarnished the image of the clergy for a long time and contributed to a general relaxation of religious fervor in this period.
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Last updated: 04/13/2018