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The Salem Witch Trials vs. H.U.A.C. Hearings

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Transcript of The Salem Witch Trials vs. H.U.A.C. Hearings

The Aftermath
In Salem, many began to doubt the legitimacy of the accusations. Eventually, most of the support was retracted and the governor lost all of his credibility. In the end, the governor put an end to the trials when his wife was accused. The mass hysteria faded and Salem went back to life as "normal". The families of those that were executed were later compensated for the unjustified loss of their loved ones.
The Salem Witch Trials

vs.

The H.U.A.C. Hearings

Those whom were accused
Executions
Means of Execution
Rhyme or Reason
Both the Salem Witch Trials and the H.U.A.C. hearings were driven by greed. Senator Joseph McCarthy was greedy for power and fame while the people of Salem were greedy for the ownership of land or revenge. However, the witch trials were also brought about by the crutch of religion in the society of Salem.

Suspicions
Anything and everything could hold up in court during these trials. As long as you had "evidence" the accused was guilty, the accuser would win the case and another innocent person would be condemned. The "evidence" could just be that they looked like a witch or that the person accusing had impure thoughts about the accused person. They would say the accused had sent their spirit to them.
Salem Witch Trials
H.U.A.C. Trials
Many were accused of being communists just because of their careers. A good amount of people quit or lost their jobs because of the fear that was caused.
Every action you made, you were being watched like a hawk. Even the most harmless excitement could end up getting you accused of something you were not guilty of.
The Red Scare began its decline because of Senator Joseph McCarthy not getting re-elected to his seat. His reign of terror came to an end in 1954, when the news media revealed his unethical tactics and he was censured by his colleagues in Congress.
H.U.A.C. Trials
Salem Witch Trials
men in the State Department
journalists
professors
writers
directors
actors
set designers
radio industry
television industry
Neighbors
Friends
Enemies
Poor
Rich
H.U.A.C Trials
Salem Witch Trials
140 people were accused of witchcraft
19 hanged
1 pressed to death
13 people may have died in prison
thousands accused
none executed
In both situations, anyone and everyone was accused.

No one was executed during the H.U.A.C. hearings but during the witch trials in Salem, most were hung or died in prison, and only one man was pressed to death.
Works Cited
"The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692." The Salem
Witchcraft Trials of 1692. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2013.

Miller, Arthur. The Crucible. New York, NY: Penguin,
1996. Print.
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