Stefko, Salem Witchcraft Trials
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The most infamous and well-known witchcraft trials in the United States occurred in Salem, Massachusetts during the years 1692 and 1693. One hundred and forty-one people were arrested, including children as young as four, nineteen were hanged and one was pressed to death.
The hysteria began in the home of the Reverend Samuel Parris, who, prior to becoming a minister, had been a merchant in Barbados. When he and his family moved to Salem, he brought a couple who were his...