The Salem Witch Trials Essay
“Most of the accused lived to the south of, and were generally better off financially, than most of the accusers....[A]ccusing families stood to gain property from the convictions of accused witches.” (Linder, 2009. P. 24).
Linder goes on to elaborate upon points that show in many of the cases brought before the courts the accusers and accused took on different political positions, such as supporting the once Salem minister George Burroughs, or had been previously disputing over property. (Linder, 2009). Politically or economically, most accusations had an agenda driven link to personal gain of some sort from the accusers. Burroughs was rumored to have displayed superhuman strength, and credited at the time with being the leader of the sorcerers within the Salem community, despite being a devout clergyman. (George Burroughs, 2011). Burroughs was a figurehead in the Salem community. He was a Harvard graduate, donated some of his own land back to the townspeople, and served as a minister for nine years before being accused of witchcraft. (George Burroughs, 2011). Despite his previous accomplishments, accolades, and generosity, he was still convicted