The Crucible & McCarthyism

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The Crucible & McCarthyism

Joseph McCarthy was the Republican United States Senator of Wisconsin in the 1950s who championed an extreme anti-communist campaign. The term McCarthyism came from the time period of the Second Red Scare in the mid 1950s when there was intense fear of communists influencing everything in America and Soviet spies. Anti-communism is the opposition to communism.


Arthur Miller Interview

Arthur Miller was born in Harlem, New York City in 1915. Aside from The Crucible, Miller is known for his works Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible as an allegory to the hysteria of anti-communist movements. He wrote it to expose what was going on from a detached setting and to show the faith that he held that any individual could refuse to conform.

Arthur Miller

The Salem Witch Trials were trials held in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts that hanged nineteen men and women convicted of witchcraft. Tituba, a slave from Barbados, Sarah Good, a beggar and misfit, and Sarah Osborn, an old and impious woman, were among the first accused. The trials began when a group of people brought their complaints to the county magistrate John Hawthorne, who examined them for signs of witchcraft. The three girl who thought this story up described in detail the accounts of the three accused women attacked them. Others brought forth mysterious disappearances of goods. The magistrate asked every witness the same questions, implying he thought they were guilty. Rumors, gossip, and made up stories were just evidence in the trials. Just as the trial was closing, Tituba confessed to witchcraft and indicted the other women. Many confessed after this, seeing it as the only way to escape being hanged. Others did not, and were hanged.

Salem Witch Trials

The Puritans were a group of Anglicans in the 16th century who thought the reformation of the Church of England from Catholic practices wasn't complete. The Puritans believed in living a strictly pious life, devoting all one's day to hard labor and worshiping God. They crossed the Atlantic to flee from the severe pursecution and to go to a land where they could practice their beliefs freely.

The Crucible & McCarthyism



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