ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
October 12, 1692 –
The infamous Salem witch trials ended.
The trials were a series of “hearings” and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in the colonial United States.
Though the trials in and of themselves are not a unique event, but they are one of the United States’s most notorious cases of mass hysteria.
The Salem Witch Trials have been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a caution against the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations and lapses in due process, amongst other topics.