Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft between February 1692 and May 1693, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. The Salem Witch Trials was a classic example of scapegoating. Fear combined with trigger, a traumatic or stressful event, is what often leads to scapegoating. In January 1692, 9-year-old Elizabeth Parris and 11-year-old Abigail Williams began having seizures, including violent contortions and uncontrollable outbursts of screaming. After a local doctor, William Griggs, diagnosed bewitchment, other young girls in the community began to exhibit similar symptoms, including Ann Putnam Jr., Mercy Lewis, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mary Walcott and Mary Warren. The three accused witches were brought before the magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne and questioned, even as their accusers appeared in the courtroom in a grand display of spasms, contortions, screaming and writhing. The following events afterwards were, as trials were spread through colonial Massachusetts, crucial for the social life of American people in the new lands of America regarding cultural and religious context. For sure, the Salem Witch Trials is a dark and terrifying part of the US history, and delegates of this committee will be rewriting the tragical events of 1692.

Responsible Under Secretary-General : Gülce Uysal

Committee Director :Ada Sena Çandarlı:

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