compare McCarthyism to the Salem witch trials

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Can someone please compare and contrast McCarthyism from "The Crucible" to the Salem Witch Trials?

Jul 13th, 2015

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Comparison/Contrast: McCarthyism v. Salem Witch Trials


  • Hunt for communists
  • Created accusations to gain status
  • Accused Democratic party and US army
  • Joseph McCarthy as "leader", Republican party as followers
  • Fear of communism kept it alive
  • Throughout America in 1950s
  • Caused by communism gains by Soviets, the Korean war, and Truman being "soft on communism" 
  • Communists were "taking over the government"
  • Now defined today as "the unfair tactic of accusing people of disloyalty without providing evidence" (Danzer 620) 
Salem Witch Trials 
  • Hunt for witches/witchcraft
  • Accusations created for revenge
  • Accused women
  • Abigail as "leader" with her friends as followers
  • Fear that the devil would take over kept it alive
  • In Salem, Massachusetts in 1692
  • Caused by the idea that witches existed
  • Witches were thought to be "taking over the town and destroying souls"
  • Search for "odd man out"
  • Innocent were accused
  • Names were made up with no proof
  • "Ringleader", with followers
  • Personal gain by the leader
  • Both events occurred in the United States
  • Pleads were made guilty
  • Group of people that speak out against it

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