22 octobre 2012


Classé dans : text — witchcraftpopularbeliefsjusticeandsociety @ 19 h 54 min

The case of Salem.


Salem is a town in the USA which is now called Danvers, where occured an example of  “witch hunt” at the end of the 17th century. The public affairs began with interviews of possessed young people around the winter of 1691, went on with the trials of  several hundred convicts and finished with executions and imprisonments in 1692.

I will deal with the political context which is  an important component of the causes of this event.  The weight of religion, puritanism, the deficiency of  the law state, the lack of popular knowledge, popular fears, paranoias, hysterias or ergotism.

         The purpose of this work is to present a case of witch hunt and to ask  how that phenomenon suddenly  takes place in a society.

Présentation dans text Salem-Witch-Trials-51239522a

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