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How did the Red Scare relate to the Salem Witch Trails America endured the Red Scare from 1945 to around 1952 The Red Scare the hunt for Communists was epitomized in the McCarthy trials when many innocent citizens were labeled as Communists In many ways it resembled the notorious Salem Witch-Hunt of the 1690s Both of these involved fear prejudice and a lack of respect for civil rights of the citizens The Salem witch-hunt was centered in Salem Massachusetts during the 1690s In 1563 a little more than a century before the witch-hunts of the 1690s began Queen Elizabeth legalized the killing of witches She made a law stating that the first offense was punishable by pillory but the second offense was punishable by death James I was not so lenient He decided that on the first offense a witch must die At this time in America the New England colonies were recovering from a serious Native American uprising lead by the Wampanoag tribe Witchcraft and demon-worship were central to the religion of several Native American tribes and had become a threat to the moral existence of the settlers This was a time when people believed magic worked and witches could kill with spells The settlers felt they were under attack constantly All that was needed was a spark and the fire would be uncontainable The spark was Abigail a Protestant girl around 17 years old who had an affair with John Proctor She wanted his wife out of the way She and her friends were bored with their Protestant life So they thought it needed a little spice So they decided to go dancing naked in the woods at night with Tituba a Barbados slave who knew black magic They were caught by one of the girls fathers Reverend Parris Abigail the ringleader said the devil was controlling Tituba and Tituba had made them into witches like herself
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