Witch Hunts

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  • Condemning Witchery

    Condemning Witchery
    English law acknowledges witchcraft as a capital offense. This means the crime could be punished by death. University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Witch Texts Released

    Witch Texts Released
    Cotton Mather publishes Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions. This exposed Salemites to witchcraft. Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions
  • First Symptoms

    First Symptoms
    Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris begin acting strangely. Shortly after, other young girls of Salem act the same. University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • You Have The Right To Remain Silent...

    You Have The Right To Remain Silent...
    Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne are charged for witchcraft. University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • In my medical opinion...

    In my medical opinion...
    A local doctor, Dr. Griggs, examines the afflicted girls and suggests there may be foul play involved in the form of witchcraft. University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • The Blalme Game

    The Blalme Game
    After being pressured by the townspeople to name their accusers, the girls incriminate Tituba,Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne. These three women were on the fringe of soceity, and weren't well resepected in the village. This made them easy targets.
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  • Tituba Confesses

    Tituba Confesses
    Magistrates Hathorne and Corwin examine Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne for any evidence of witchcraft, most noteably "witch teats". Tituba confesses and names Good and Osborne as her cohorts. Then, the women are sent to a Boston prison.
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  • Martha Corey

    Martha Corey
    Martha Corey is summoned for questioning.
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  • Martha Corey Arrested

    Martha Corey Arrested
    A warrant is issued for Martha Corey's arrest. Abigail Williams also accuses Rebecca Nurse. Salem Witch Trials
  • Rebecca Nurse is Summoned

    Rebecca Nurse is Summoned
    Rebecca Nurse is called to appear in front of the magistrates. Salem Witch Trials
  • Elizabeth Proctor

    Elizabeth Proctor
    Elizabeth Proctor is accused of witchcraft. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Sarah Cloyce

    Sarah Cloyce
    After trying to defend her sister, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Cloyce is accused of being a witch. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • The Proctors

    The Proctors
    Elizabeth Proctor and Sarah Cloyce are examined by the Magistrates. After protesting the examination of his wife, John Proctor, becomes the first man accused of witchcraft and is arrested. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Mary Warren

    Mary Warren
    Mary Warren, one of the afflicted girls, revokes her accusations of the Proctors. She also confesses the other girls were lying. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Giles Corey

    Giles Corey
    GIles Corey is accused of being a witch by Ann Putnam. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • What I Meant To Say Was...

    What I Meant To Say Was...
    Bridget Bishop, Abigail Hobbs, Giles Corey, and Marry Warren are examined. Hobbs confesses, and Mary Warren recants. She claimed she was lying, and rejoined the girls. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • More Examinations

    More Examinations
    Magistrates Hathorne and Corwin examine Nehemiah Abbott, William and Deliverance Hobbs, Edward and Sarah Bishop, Mary Easty, Mary Black, Sarah Wildes, and Mary English. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Sarah Osborne Dies

    Sarah Osborne Dies
    Corwin and Hawthorne examine George Jacobs Sr., and his granddaughter, Margret. Sarah Osborne dies in prison. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Bridget Bishop

    Bridget Bishop
    Bishop is the first to be tried and convicted of witchcraft. She is sentanced to die.
  • First Hanging

    First Hanging
    Bridget Bishop is hanged. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Death Row

    Death Row
    Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Sarah Wildes, Sarah Good, and Elizabeth Howe are all tired and found guilty. They are sentanced to die. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Hangings

    Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Sarah Wildes, Sarah Good, and Elizabeth Howe are hanged at Gallow's Hill. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • More Hangings

    University of Missouri - Kansas CityGeorge Jacobs Sr., Martha Carrier, George Burroughs, John Willard and John and Elizabeth Proctor are found guilty and are sentanced to die.
  • Elizabeth Proctor Is Spared

    Elizabeth Proctor Is Spared
    George Jacobs Sr., Martha Carrier, George Burroughs, John Proctor, and John Willard are hanged. Elizabeth is spared because she is pregnant. Univeristy of Missouri - Kansas City
  • More Witches Found Guilty

    More Witches Found Guilty
    Martha Corey, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Dorcas Hoar and Mary Bradbury are pronounced guilty, and sentanced to death by hanging. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • More Guilty Verdicts

    More Guilty Verdicts
    Margaret Scott, Wilmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Abigail Faulkner, Rebecca Earnes, Mary Lacy, Ann Foster and Abigail Hobbs are tried and sentenced to hang. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • "More Weight"

    "More Weight"
    After refusing to enter a plea, Giles Corey is sentanced to death by pressing. Corey dies after two days under weight. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Hangings

    Martha Cory, Margaret Scott, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Willmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, and Mary Parker are killed. Hoar is saved by confessing. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • The Dies Committee

    The Dies Committee
    The Dies Committee, which later is known as the House Un-American Activities Committee, if formed to investigate suspicious activity in the United States. Originally, it targeted Nazi sympathizers however, it becomes exclusive to Communist threat later on. Red Scare
  • Iron Curtain Speech

    Iron Curtain Speech
    Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivers his famous "Iron Curtain" speech. He declares that an "iron curtain", or communism, has decended across Europe. Red Scare
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    President Truman requests funding to support the government of Greece in surpressing its Communist insergents. He also defined Communism anywhere in the world as a threat to American society. Red Scare
  • Hollywood

    Hollywood
    The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigating Communist activity in Hollywood. Red Scare
  • Black Listing

    Black Listing
    The Motion Picture Association confirms the blacklisting of The Hollywood Ten from the film industry. Red Scare
  • McCarthy Speech

    McCarthy Speech
    Senator Joseph McCarthy gives a speech claiming he has a list of individuals of whom "appear to be either card-carrying members or certainly loyal to the Communist Party". Red Scare
  • McCarthy Hearings

    McCarthy Hearings
    The Army-McCarthy hearings begin. The hearings were broadcast live in their entirety by ABC. Red Scare
  • McCarthy Censured

    McCarthy Censured
    The United States Senate censures McCarthy for "conduct contrary to Senatorial tradition". Red Scare