The Crucible And Salem Witch Trials Similarities

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The Red Scare and the Salem Witch Trials were both events that left a mark in American history. The Red Scare began in 1917 and took place across the United States. The Red Scare was known as the widespread promotion of anti-communism. The Salem Witch Trials began in 1692 and took place in Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Witch Trials were various court hearings and prosecutions of people in Salem accused of Witchcraft. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, a play about the Salem Witch Trials, to send a message to Senator Joseph McCarthy, the face of the Red Scare. Even though both events took place at completely different times their connection remains profound. The Crucible and the Red Scare have various similarities and allegories that make both events connect despite the gap of time. Arthur Miller, wrote The Crucible with the intention of comparing the Red Scare to the Salem Witch Trials. One of the many similarities between the Red Scare and the Salem Witch Trials is the way both events started. Both events were started by people making false accusations. During the Red Scare people were accused of being communists. At one of his speeches in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed to "hold in my hand" a list of individuals who were both serving in government and participating in the communist party. (Brinkley2) Thanks to McCarthy's popular style, people never questioned his supposed list. During the Salem Witch Trials people were accused of
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