Essay about McCarthyism versus the Salem Witch Trials

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Many people in this world are accused of crimes so absurd that when put to trial, they name others of the same crime to redirect the focus from them to others like it happens in the actual day, every year, with minor cases. McCarthyism was one of those cases that changed history, likewise the Salem Witch Trials. McCarthyism had the same effect on people, people who were accused of communism blame others to lessen their penalty like in the Salem Witch Trials, so how the Salem Witch Trials and the McCarthy Era can connects although the great difference in time? Joseph McCarthy was a United States senator in the mid twentieth century who believed that the communists were taking over the State Department and were shaping the foreign …show more content…

“This is the time of the cold war. This is the time when the entire world is split into two vast increasingly hostile armed camps” (Joseph McCarthy). He thought that to find the peace that people wanted they could no longer close their eyes and close their ears to the problems in the government and in the world. To think that the communist revolution could not be carried out peacefully within the framework of a Christian democracy means one has either gone out of ones mind and lost all normal understanding, or has grossly repudiated the communist revolution. He knew that “The time was now”, that when a great democracy is destroyed, it will not be because of enemies from without but because of enemies from within (The Annals of America). One thing that can relate to the McCarthy Era is the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. McCarthy started McCarthyism as the group of girls started The Salem Witch Trials. He was like the group of girls, accusing innocent people of false acts. In the crucible many people were hanged, and in the McCarthy era many people lost their jobs, and were basically black mailed. Some of the events that were the same would be the hype in the towns. In Salem people were going crazy over the witch craze they could not take it anymore. In the United States many people were listening to McCarthy as people in Salem were to the girls, McCarthy was accusing people of incorrect acts, and the United States people believed it. In the events that happened in the

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