Submitted for course number SSC 105
Readings in World Civilization
Research project number 05023800
The topic which I have selected is McCarthyism and Salem witch trials. Basically we will see what are the similar things between them are and what things differentiate them from each other and also the impacts of these on the people who were actually innocent.
The reason that I selected this topic what that I wanted to observe and explore the mistakes in these systems because if we don’t learn from our mistakes we are bound to repeat them in the future which can be destructive not only for us, but for the public as well because when we make a mistake and keep on repeating it, eventually the mistake can become bigger and have a great impact on a number of people in the near future.
At the time of Salem, the lives of people, the innocent people, were made horrible by throwing stones at them, also by drowning them, and this was not all because the worst part was that they were also hung in order to find the guilty person from the people of the town. “The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693.” (Blumberg, 2007). When Mather came into power, the officers who were losing at that time, were actually penalized or punished by those who were present in the military at that time, and the people who actually made any attempts to go towards any religion other than Christianity, were the ones punished by the members of the church. Moreover, Mather had a bias towards judges and also the trials, however he was against the idea of spectral evidence that was used by them at that time. “…it was Mather's interest in the craft and actions of Satan that won him an audience with the most powerful figures involved in the trial proceedings…” (Walker,...