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Salem and Mccarthy Essay

  • Submitted by: hnoppenheim
  • on June 23, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 576 words

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Salem Witch Trials     | Both     | McCarthy Hearings     |
    took place in 1691     citizens were accused of being witches     over 20 people were executed     was started by young girls     cause of false accusation was to gain land     took place only in Salem     |     damaged the reputations of respectable citizens     witches/communists were scapegoats for the problems of the town/country     untrue accusations     accusations were made for personal gain     were the result of a sense of panic     |     took place in the 1950s     citizens were accused of being communists     no one was killed, many people lost their jobs     was started by McCarthy     cause of false accusations was in order to gain support     took place throughout the United States     |

McCarthyism and Salem Witch Trials Essay
There is a saying that those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. This is the case for many events in history which closely parallel each other, as the people facilitating them did not learn from other's mistakes. One very notable case of this type of situation can be seen in the similarities between McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials. Though the two events were very different, their fundamental similarities are impossible to ignore.
McCarthyism was an event that took place in the 1950s, while the tension between the United States and Russia was growing. Many people were very afraid of one thing – communists. Then, a senator named Joseph McCarthy started falselly accusing people of being coommunists. He made these accusations with little to no evidence, but the fear in people's minds made them desperate for action. Many innocent and reputable people lost their jobs and social status.
Contrastingly, the Salem Witch Trials took place in 1691. In Salem, Massachusets, tensions were high due to recent violence in surrounding colonies. People were eager to find a scapegoat for all of their anxiety. Then, they were given one. A few of the town's young...

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