The Salem Witch Trials – 5 Insane Theories on Its Causes

Today we’re beginning a five-part investigation on the Salem Witch Trials. We’re going to examine five insane theories as to what actually caused the executions of some 20 people. Some of these theories are true, while others fall pretty short.

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How the Series Works

It turns out that doing a deep dive into the Salem Witch Trials is kind of an exhaustive affair, so we’ve broke this series up into five super short, easy-to-digest videos that will each examine a different theory or set of theories. We begin with a question that is sadly underrepresented in the conversation surrounding the Salem Witch Trials. Was there any actual witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts?

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The answer is somewhat surprising. There was totally witchcraft in 1692’s Salem and it was directly responsible for the Trials! In Part One, we explore the real-world witchy events that led to the prosecutions. Parts Two through Five each examine a separate theory relating to The Salem Witch Trials, so be sure to watch the entire series. It’s all set into a single playlist, so you can bounce back and forth between videos.

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