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Every one in a while America erupts into mass hysteria because of the ranting of some crazy people In the 1600s we had the Salem witch trials and as described in the book The Crucible a group of girls falsely accuse their neighbors of witchcraft and regular innocent people are hung Then in the 1950s a man named Joseph McCarthy sparked a craze of accusing people mainly government officials of being communist thus scarring their careers The McCarthy hearing are similar to the Salem witch hunt because the accuser exaggerates and fabricates evidence the accused are used as scapegoats for societys problems and McCarthy and the Salem girls use the accusations to obtain power In neither McCarthyism nor the Salem witch trials were real evidence put forth to prove the guilt of the accused Instead people readily agreed with the accusers having to assume that they were telling the truth In the fifties with the war going badly in Korea the communists were making advances in China and Eastern Europe which caused the American public to be scared of communists infiltrating the US government Hundreds of people- actors government workers and even military personnel were accused by McCarthy Joseph McCarthy - Wikipedia the free encyclopedia Some admitted to being affiliated with the communist party and lost their jobs In 17th century Salem the girls would completely fabricate evidence against the witches Suddenly from an accusatory attitude her face turns looking into the air above- it is truly frightened Danforth apprehensively What is it child Abigail looking about in the air clasping her arms about her as though cold I-- I know not A wind a cold wind has come Her eyes fall on Mary Warren 108 In this scene Abigail clearly pretends that she sees Mary Warrens spirit and then the other girls go along with it At these witch trials the evidence was created by the accusers and could not be refuted however
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