Witch Trials of Salem
The Salem witch trials of 1692 was a deadly episode of mass hysteria in Colonial America. Believed to have been caused by economic hardships and lack of knowledge about physiological sicknesses, the trials saw more than 200 people accused, 19 of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging.
This flyer is similar to the ones that would have been plastered all over the walls and streets of Salem and surrounding cities, encouraging the villagers to report "witches" in their neighborhood. Papers such as these would result in innocent women with any hint of "magic" or "satanic marks" being brought to court with no defense.