Mccarthyism

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19 December 2012
FEAR; Something Everyone Shares
A common feeling, that is easily influenced and yet; every time a person goes through that sensation it is unwanted, it is fear. Arthur Miller, an American playwright and essayist, wrote his play “The Crucible” in an attempt to exemplify the paranoia felt by society due to accusations that cause lack of trust, unmoral behavior and most certainly fear. In addition to the witch hunts, there was also McCarthyism as well as the Boston desegregation of public schools. McCarthyism, in the 1940’s and 1950’s, can best be depicted through the causes, trials/hearings and effects. The Boston desegregation began in the early 1970’s. The slow and unwelcome process of integration can be shown through the causes, skeptical ties, and effects. Both of these subjects in American history share a common factor; it is a mass chaos shared by the common people.

Firstly, McCarthyism had a major impact in our history because it caused widespread panic, which was unnecessary. A very realistic cause that influenced this was the United States feeling overwhelmed from a fear of communism, arising in both China and Eastern Europe. After Joseph McCarthy made accusations he changed the view of “the communists’ party from an unpopular political group into a perceived threat to the American way of life”

(Ellen Schrecker). This implies a close relation to “The Crucible” because they were both two societies that feared to have their peace corrupted by outside influences. The negative outside influences can be emphasized through both the communist accusations and those accusing others of witchcraft. The outbursts of McCarthyism can be recognized as “a popular movement, but it was not a populist one” (Ellen Schrecker). Thus meaning, although it was widely known and much talked about it was infamous rather than famous. It neither interested nor promoted ordinary people, their lives, or their interests. This supports the occurrences the...
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