How did social, economic, and political tensions contribute to an increase in the accusations of witchcraft?

What factors led to a rise in tensions within colonial communities in the early 1700s?
How did social, economic, and political tensions contribute to an increase in the accusations of witchcraft?
Why and how did the legal and economic status of colonial women decline between 1650 and 1750?
How did ordinary colonists, both men and women, black and white, express their political opinions and preferences in the first half of the eighteenth century?
How did politics bring colonists together across economic lines in the first half of the eighteenth century? How did politics highlight and reinforce class divisions?