What really happened during the Salem Witch Trials - Brian A. Pavlac

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Arienne King
by TED-Ed
published on 26 March 2021
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Dig into how the infamous Salem Witch Trials began and why they remain a cautionary tale of the dangers of groupthink and scapegoating.

You’ve been accused of a crime you did not commit. It’s impossible to prove your innocence. If you insist that you’re innocent anyway, you’ll likely be found guilty and executed. But if you confess, apologize, and implicate others, you’ll go free. This was the choice facing those accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts in the 17th century. How did this happen? Brian A. Pavlac investigates.

Lesson by Brian A. Pavlac, directed by Lucy Animation Studio.

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TED-Ed, . (2021, March 26). What really happened during the Salem Witch Trials - Brian A. Pavlac. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2361/what-really-happened-during-the-salem-witch-trials/

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TED-Ed, . "What really happened during the Salem Witch Trials - Brian A. Pavlac." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 26, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2361/what-really-happened-during-the-salem-witch-trials/.

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TED-Ed, . "What really happened during the Salem Witch Trials - Brian A. Pavlac." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 26 Mar 2021. Web. 25 Sep 2021.