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Crucible a severe test or trial What is a witchhunt A person or people who are accused or assumed to be guilty of something based upon rumors lies non-factual information or their association with particular groups or people Arthur Miller -author of The Crucible and several other famous plays -was married to sex symbol Marilyn Monroe - investigated by the Congressional Un-America Activities Commitee for suspicion of communist activity - Miller denied being under communist influence but refused to give the commitee names of other writers who had attended communist-inspired meetings so he was convicted of contempt of Congress in 1957 Mc Carthyism Red Hunt Witch Hunt Red Scare - Senator Joseph McCarthy - Feb 1950 McCarthy became convinced that communists had infiltrated the US Department of State For the next 3 years McCarthy accused and investigated many government officials members of the media and after prominent figures The Witch Hunt climaxed in 1954 when McCarthy accused the Secretar of Navy with sheltering communist spies Salem Massachusetts - setting of the play and place where the real witchhunts took place in 1692 short for Jerusalemthought they were Gods chosen sent to establish New Jerusalem Salem Witch Trials - Jan 20 1692 Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams start acting strangely shaking screaming making strange sounds - Drs cant find a medical problem so they declare girls are bewitched - Soon other young girls begin exhibiting same behaviors - girls call out the names Tituba Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn - over the next 8 months 150 people were put in prison for witchcraft 27 people were convicted 19 were executed by hanging one was pressed to death 50 had confessed Theocracy - a government ruled by or subject to religion authority - ruled by the church
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