The Salem witch trials was a dark part of early American history. Below are some facts about this event that happened in the late 17th century. So read more about this infamous piece of early American history.
- Massachusetts did not issue an offical apology until 1957.
- The first case that was brought before the court was that of Bridget Bishop. She was later executed by hanging on June 10, 1692.
- March 1, 1692 was when the Salem witch hunt began.
- The final execution happened on Sept. 22, 1692.
- A memorial honoring the victims of the witch trials was built in Salem in 1992.
- Famous playwright Arthur Miller based his play, "The Crucible," on the trials. The play was an allegory for what Senator Joseph McCarthy was doing to people in the 1950s because he and his committee thought they were Communists. Many people like the Salem witch trials were convicted without being guilty. It was another dark day in American history.
- In January of 1697, the Massachusetts General Court declared a day of fasting in honor of the innocent lives that were taken because of mass hysteria.
- Giles Corey out of the accused was not executed by hanging but instead he was pressed to death with stones.
For More Information:
So those are eight facts about the Salem witch trials. To learn more about the subject, I've provided three links of books and documentaries to look at.
- Haunted History: Salem Witch Trials
- A Guide to the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692
- The Salem Witch Trials Reader