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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it History is a chronological record of events These events whether positive or tragic often repeat themselves The McCarthy Hearings that took place in the 1950s are a good example of this The accusations of communism led to a nation-wide hysteria and fear of who was going to be named next When this was over the hope would be that nothing like it would ever happen again and nothing like it had ever happened before However we have not only repeated it on various occasions but through Arthur Millers The Crucible we also see the parallel of the event with the Salem Witch hunts that took place years before the hearings The connection between The Crucible and the McCarthy Hearings is not an isolated one but can also be made with other historical and current events that are happening today Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in response to The McCarthy Hearings These two events can be connected in many ways for example people in each situation used hysteria for their own good Joseph McCarthy was a flagrant self-promoter and extremely power-hungry Schrecker 242 He believed that by accusing people in high positions of having ties with communism that he would become a more respected figure McCarthys accusations were based upon little to no evidence and of the tens of thousands accused only a handful was actually persecuted Fried Throughout the early 1950s McCarthy continued to make accusations of communist infiltration of the U S government though he failed to provide evidence These charges received extensive media attention making McCarthy the most famous political figure in the nation after President Harry Truman He was also one of the most criticized Appleton History McCarthys claims were giving him his desired attention and praise He was already at a respected level in the government however he desired more In October 1953 McCarthy began investigating communist infiltration
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