Three Sovereigns For Sarah

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Winston Churchill's quote, "The best things carried to excess are wrong" is a statement that most people do not take serious. The statement has reoccurred throughout history many times. Three Sovereigns for Sarah documented the events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. During that time the Puritans were trying to purify their town of witches. However they carried this to excess by accusing innocent people, pointless tests, and mistreatment towards convicted peoples.

The so called witches of Salem were accused on faulty evidence and treated harshly. A person could be accused of witchcraft based solely on spectral evidence. A person could say that someone else's spirit was hurting them and they would use this as enough evidence to prosecute and convict someone of witchcraft. The people of Salem had several tests for witches, and if an accused passed a test they would give another and another until they failed.

The people who were accused of witchcraft would be sent to a jailhouse with little food and water. They would put shackles on them so that these so called spectra's could not harm anyone. Not only was this taken to excess it was unmorally wrong.

Three sovereigns for Sarah is a good example of Churchill's quote, "The best things are carried to excess." 20 people died cause of this, 19 hanged and 1 pressed to death. The people affected were women as well as men. The fact of what happened in Salem, demonstrates that this will probably occur many times in the future.