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The Salem witch-hunt and the red scare by senator Joseph McCarthy were similar in many ways In both situations the people involved in it had exploited what the people feared and used to their advantage The Salem witch trials took place in the village of Salem in the Massachusetts Bay colony in the year of 1692 It started with the daughter Betty and the niece Abigail Williams of the reverend Samuel Parris In the trials the reverend Parris used the fear of the town in witches to gain more power by trying to get rid of prominent people of the town He had them arrested on charges of being witches and during the trial brought in false accusations to have them convicted and punished by death The finding ministers of the colony ended the trials after finding out the truth By the time thy ended 19 people were dead and over 150 people were imprisoned Those imprisoned were later allowed to go free and the victims families were paid Senator McCarthy rose to power after World War 2 he got elected to his seat by exploiting the issue of communism Using his position he became the leading investigator of communism McCarthy using the feeling of people towards communism by calling anyone with anything to do with socialistic ideas communist Lot of times he had people falsely accused and ruined their lives Writers and artists were persecuted the most In both these situations the people were taken advantage of by having their fears preyed upon We still see things like this happen when people are scared a little bit too much and do not think reasonably They get to caught up in the hysteria and
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