Salem Witch Trials
In 1692, several girls in Salem, Massachusetts, accused their neighbors of witchcraft. More than 100 people were tried as witches, and 19 women and one man were executed. Puritan minister Cotton Mather eventually helped stop the trials and executions.
(1692) Hysteria ran through the village of Salem, Massachusetts, as witchcraft suspects were arrested and imprisoned, some ultimately executed. A special court was then set up by the governor of Massachusetts. Between June and September, over one hundred people had been accused with 19 people, mostly women, being executed. By October, the hysteria subsides, remaining prisoners are released and the special court is dissolved.