Jennie and Dianne discuss the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 in part one of a two part series.
The Salem witch trials were a dark moment in American history that resulted in the execution of 20 people accused of witchcraft. The hysteria began in 1692 in the small Massachusetts town of Salem, when young girls started to exhibit strange behaviors that were attributed to the influence of witches. The accusations quickly spread, leading to a wave of arrests, trials, and executions. While the exact causes of the witch trials are still debated, it's clear that a combination of religious fervor, social tensions, and economic interests played a role in fueling the hysteria. Join us for this Ordinary Extraordinary story that changed the course of history not only for the community of Salem, but an entire country.
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