Salem Witch Trials

The most notorious American case of mass hysteria, the Salem witch trials were a brutal display of how far people will go because of fear and panic. 

In 1691, eight girls displayed bizarre behavior from bizarre speech, convulsive movements, and strange conduct. 

The girls accused two elderly women of witchcraft and before long, more women were arrested for being witches. 

Twenty residents lost their lives due to the moral panic.