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Viewed by many to be the result of a period of factional infighting and religious hysteria, the witch trials of Puritanical Salem Village, Massachusetts, led to the executions of 20 people—15 women and five men—and the imprisonment of approximately 150 accused witches.
Even after the trials ended, people who had previously been found not guilty of witchcraft remained in prison, held until they paid their jail fees.
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