Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Post 3: Mass Hysteria and the Salem Witch Trials

In 1692, within the Salem Village of modern day Massachusetts there were multiple accusations being thrown at various individuals accusing them of being witches.  These accusations led to public trials and hangings of a good number of those that were accused, and those that were not executed paid the price by being sentenced to prison.  This is just one example in history of moral panic spreading throughout an area and it is known as a prime example of mass hysteria.  Mass Hysteria is known as a condition that affects a group of people characterized by their collective illusions of threats that may of may not exist and their actions as a result of their fear.  It all started with a group of young girls who were acting strange that later spread and encompassed the entire village, allowing for hundreds of people to be accused of something that never happened.

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