An Arawak slave woman who featured prominently in the Salem Witch Trials.more...
Her true origins are unknown, but she was brought to Barbados as a slave by adolescence and she was eventually purchased by businessman turned minister, Samuel Parris, and would later be brought to Salem Village, Massachusetts, and serve the Parris family, including caring for the children.
In early 1692, Elizabeth "Betty" Parris, age 9, and her cousin, 11-year-old Abigail Williams, began acting strangely, and several other girls in the community soon displayed the same symptoms. Convinced that it was witchcraft, the fanatical Parris grilled his daughter and niece until they named Tituba as the witch who afflicted them; as an Arawak slave woman in a Puritan community, she was very obvious and an easy target.
After the testimonies of Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne
|2.||Salem Witch Trials|
1692, in Salem (now Danvers), Massachusetts, fourteen women and six men were executed on charges of witchcraft because of the antics of a group of girls and young women.
The girls, who were most likely acting and seeking attention, had been screaming hysterically, thrashing about, uttering strange sounds, and were generally acting in very aberrant ways. Owing to the already tense atmosphere of the village, people suspected witchcraft and, upon hearing the testimonies from these "possessed" girls, they were willing to follow whatever the girls said. The Puritans, as humorless and superstitious as always, were convinced that God had abandoned them.
By October of that year, nineteen people were hanged, one man was pressed to death under a board weighted with rocks, and hundreds had been jailed. It was only when the girls began accusing ministers, men, children, the wealthy... and the governor's wife of witchcraft that the authorities finally intervened and stopped the trials.
The Salem Witch Trials would probably not have gone very far had the girls named very respectable people first, but they first named outcasts, people who were already suspect by the community, such as Sarah Good (an irritable beggar) and Sarah Osborne (a bedridden old woman who rarely went to church). But soon the accused included highly unlikely people: the arrests of Rebecca Nurse (a pious, elderly matriarch, highly respected by the community) and Martha Corey (pious and respected, but skeptical about the credibility of the girls) shocked Salem; it meant that anybody could be a witch.
The youngest accused: four-year-old Dorothy Good, the daughter of Sarah Good, who probably confessed to be with her mother in jail. While spared, Dorothy lost her mother and was traumatized for the rest of her life.
Now the Salem Witch Trials are invoked to recall Joseph McCarthy's legacy or any other irrational panic that leads to scapegoats.
(July 11, 1653 – July 19, 1692), Sarah Good was one of the first three people accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials, along with Tituba and Sarah Osborne.more...
Born in Salem Village, Sarah was one of the the first people that nine-year-old Betty Parris and eleven-year-old Abigail Williams accused of witchcraft. The accusation was not difficult to believe; Sarah was irritable and a beggar. Sarah was only 38, but she looked much older from living in the streets. She angered easily and walked away muttering when neighbors denied her food and shelter, her muttering interpreted as curses, made all the worse since she didn't go to church.
Sarah denied the charges against her, but her status as an outcast and the histrionics displayed by the "bewitched" girls sealed her fate. Her estranged husband also bore witness against her, and their little daughter, Dorothy "Dorcas" Good, was also frightened into testifyin...
a type of cake made to tell if a person is a witch. Made by taking the urine of a suspected witch and mixing it with some sort of wheat... baking it and feeding it to a dog. The dog is then observed to see if he has the same symptoms of the suspected witch. Mainly used in Salem Village in the 1600s to test people being accused of witchcraft. Originated in england.
George: Man i just broke up with her... I think she's totally a witch.
Random Guy: DUDE!!! get her piss we can make a witch cake!!!
Katonah is a hamlet within the town of Bedford, Westchester County, NY. There are two distinct areas of this village - The area to the west of the Metro-North trainline, and the area to the east. The western area is characterized by victorian and contemporary houses all within close proximity to the downtown/village of Katonah (the shopping area along Katonah ave. - home to the train station as well as many boutiques and a few restaurants) and Katonah Elementary School. This area is inhabited mostly by middle and upper-middle class commuters to nearby NYC. Real estate prices are typically in the high hundred thousands depending on location and size (this creeps up towards the low millions as you get closer to downtown). The children of this area mostly attend the public Katonah Elementary School which is part of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.more...
The Eastern side of the town has more of a Beford/South Salem feeling to it i.e. the houses are much larger and starting in the low to mid millions, and are separated by woods. Inhabitants are typically upper-middle to upper class Doctors, Lawyers and Executives (some of the famous neighbors being Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren). Many of the children attend either private schools or nearby public schools (usually increase miller or lewisboro elementary school).
These different upbringings produce slightly different attitudes in the children and at the common public John Jay High School it can be observed that graduat...