The Salem Witch Trials began in the spring of 1692, when a group of young women in the town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil. The girls accused several women in the town of witchcraft, and hysteria erupted throughout the town. A court was soon convened to hear the trials, and soon after Bridget Bishop was convicted and hung. Eighteen others followed her, and over 150 other men, women and children were accused. By September of 1692, the hysteria had died down, and public opinion turned against the trials. Since then, the story of the trials has become synonymous with paranoia and injustice. The community has since apologized and recognized the fault in the trials. 300 years later, the painful memories are still prevalent in pop culture, and everyone’s minds.
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