This madness might have been started because of their religious belief system, ergot, a fungus that grows on rye bread what also might have contributed to the madness was the thirst for revenge without having to be punished basically, the salem witch trials started for four contributing factors.
The witches: salem, 1692 by stacy schiff little, brown 498 pages $32 weidenfeld & nicolson 512 pages £20 “it would be difficult to name another historical moment so dominated by teenage virgins,” observes stacy schiff, in a masterly new account of the salem witch trails. The witch craze took place primarily in northern europe 1,2 this mentality extended to the new world and witches were burned in salem in the 17th century (1692-1693) 3 hysteria and epilepsy were the 2 llnesses that were most frequently confused with witchcraft or demonic possession, especially if they were accompanied by tremors, convulsions or of loss of consciousness.
The salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial massachusetts between february 1692 and may 1693 more than 200 people were accused, nineteen of which were found guilty and executed by hanging (fourteen women and five men. Behind the madness of the salem witch hunt stacy schiff on the darkest of american stories october 30, 2015 by stacy schiff 1 share: it unspools in that fertile, dreamlike expanse between the uncanny and the absurd there had been new england witch trials before, but none precipitated by a cohort of bewitched adolescent and preadolescent.
The salem witch trials took place in salem in the province of massachusetts bay between 1692-1693 historians believe the accused witches were victims of mob mentality, mass hysteria and scapegoating.
The infamous salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in salem village, massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women.
Dan howlett has spent more than four years researching the salem witch trials he worked as a tour guide in salem, mass, posts short writings to his salem research blog, and is working on a social network analysis of the trials. In the crucible by arthur miller, the madness of the salem witch trials is explored in great detail there are many theories as to why the witch trials came about, the most popular of which is the girls' suppressed childhoods.