I chose my topic, The End of the Witch Hangings: Salem
Village Takes a Stand to Stop Hysteria,
because I always had an interest in the supernatural. The Salem Witch Trials always interested me as a kid. Why
in Salem? Why did the people in Salem Village not have the sense to stop the
hysteria before 19 people were hanged and one man pressed to death by a pile of rocks? These are questions I asked,
and now I finally have an opportunity to discover the answers and convey them to other kids and people who want to know
all about the Salem witch trials.
Some of the sources I used were pulled from books
and internet sources. The books and internet sources were very informative and very descriptive about the people involved
and what happened in Salem Village and Salem Town. One of
the books I used was called The Visionary Girls by Marion L. Starkey. This book, set in the time of the Salem
witch trials, took place from the point of view of Ann Putnam, who was a key person in starting the outbreak of hysteria in
Salem. Another secondary
source I found was from a television program, which was my most interesting and useful source. The television show was shown
on Discovery Kids, but the segment was all about the Salem
witch trials with Michelle Trachtenberg as the narrator. The segment was interesting, with pictures and music. It described
the beginning, middle, and end of the Salem witch trials.
I chose to do a website because I have knowledge
on how to publish a website and I also have knowledge on how to set up and make a website. I thought showing what
happened the year of 1692 in Salem as a website, would
be a great way to convey all the accusations and hysteria that happened that fateful year because a website
could be just a click away. The making of my website started off with researching the Salem Witch trials and then
putting that research into my website. I went to tripod.com and picked my background, I then proceeded
to fill in all of the information into my website.
The End of the Witch Hangings: Salem Village Taking
a Stand to Stop Hysteria is a perfect example of Taking a Stand in History: People, Events, and Ideas. The Salem witch trials left a big mark in early United
States history. Before the hysteria could be stopped, nineteen people where killed and one
man was pressed to death by a pile of rocks. These deaths happened on the belief in spectral evidence, which many people started
loosing faith in after all of the deaths happening, and after the trials, only some people confronted their mistakes and made
a formal apology, and it has taken some time for Salem to reconvene themselves and apologize for all of the lives taken and
all of the hysteria that happened the year of 1692, nearly three centuries ago.