Mass Hysteria during the 1690s and 1950s.
As examples of mass hysteria, both the Salem Witch Trials and the Cold War caused turmoil during their respective time period. Although very different time periods, the 1690s Salem Witch Trials and the 1950s Cold War were both dramatic examples of mass hysteria (Campbell). The Salem Witch Trials were one of the nation's most dramatic examples of hysteria as close to 20 people were killed because of pure hype and chaos in the region (Campbell). The cold war was the rise and fall of the United States civil defence as peoples fear rose to an all time high due to the creation of the hydrogen bomb (Hubbard). Both the Salem Witch Trials and the nuclear fear during the cold war were examples of hysteria but the total fear that the cold war instilled on people is far more important because it affected a national population in comparison to a meer small town in Massachusetts (Campbell). The Salem Witch Trials are in a class below the Cold War for many reasons, one being the total events pertaining to their respective conflicts. As the Salem Witch Trials lasted for a gruesome six months and twenty-two days the Cold War however triumphs that by recording a whopping 46 years from 1945 to 1991 (WikiAnswers; Clair). The conflict between the United States and the USSR after World War 2 is known as the cold war and consisted of many events such as; The Yalta and Potsdam Conferences, the Iron Curtain, division of Germany and the Berlin, Korean War, Nuclear Arms and Space Races, U2 Crisis, Cuban Missile Crisis, Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan(Clair). The Witch Trials on the other hand were mostly defined when no one had answers why 2 girls were having “convulsive seizures, blasphemous screaming, and trance like states” so they assumed that it was the work of the devil which spread hysteria that the devil had infiltrated salem ("The Salem Witch Trials, 1692."). This leaded to the events on February 29,1961 when 3 warrants were...
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