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The McCarthy Era and Salem Witch Trials
Transcript of The McCarthy Era and Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials
About the Salem Trials
Occurred in Colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693.
More than 200 people were accused of practicing witch craft. (the devils magic)
Eventually, the colony admitted that the trials were a mistake.
The stories continue to beguile the popular imagination more than 300 years later.
Mostly women were executed
In 1952 Arthur Miller's play the Crucible ran on Broadway.
Although the events of the play are based on the events that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, Miller was liberal in his fictionalization of those events
Miller wrote the play during the time of McCarthyism.
Suspected many people of being communists.
Had those suspected of being communist blacklisted.
McCarthy was a government official.
Over 320 people were accused of trying to overthrow the United States government
People feared the Soviet Union during this time period.
The media was afraid to stand up to McCarthy because they feared they were going to be accused of being communists.
Salem Witch Trials
People feared the forest.
Over 100 people were accused of being witches.
Those who were accused of being witches were jailed, if they didn't admit to being a witch they were hung.
Laws made witchcraft a crime.
Many people were accused because their neighbors wanted their land.
There wasn't any real proof, just suspicion.
There were hearings.
The Crucible was written in 1953, while McCarthyism was occuring.
Arthur Miller was blacklisted.
In both cases, one person caused major destruction.
Both McCarthy and Abigail spread much hatred, fear, and evil!
We're thankful for a change in society since McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials. :)
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