The Crucible

Annotated Bibliography

Sammy Dari & Brandon Wallace


English AP


1st Period

"Arthur Asher Miller." 2014. The website. Apr 21 2014

According to the biography website, Arthur Miller was an American playwright, whose criticism of societal problems perhaps best exclaimed his genius. The site acknowledges some of Miller's most famous works, such as his play "Death of a Salesman." The site speaks of Arthur Miller's background information by speaking of his upbringing. Miller was an affluent child until the Stock Market crash in 1929, which ultimately led to his career in playwriting, after he was forced to become more responsible and try and help to take care of his family. The site is separated into portions of his background information, early life, career, and death, making it visually easy for the reader to understand and targets any audience particularly interested in learning more about Arthur Miller.

Blumberg, Jess. "History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian."History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian., 24 Oct. 2007. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

The author of this article piece discusses how the Salem Witch Trials where an injustice because of its unfair accusation on innocent girls believed to be practicing witchcraft. This web source explains the history of the Salem Witch Trials, starting with the first accusation of a girl being blamed as a "witch". This site goes into a detail description of how this first trial affected the rest of these witch hunts and other trials. The author's writing is clear and to the point, having it organized making it easy to read for the general audience.

Hill, Frances, and David Hall. "What about Witches." Salem Massachusetts. Salem Web Advertisers, 26 Feb. 2011. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

This particular website explains the events that took place leading up to the having Witch Trials. The site explains in simply details how these events lead to having these types of trials. By summarizing that the chaotic hysteria that took place in Salem Village was caused by two girls. Easily informative and readable, anyone of the general audience can comprehend this piece of writing.

Hoffman, Piper. "3 Modern Witch Hunts That Shape Our Current World."Care2. The Politics Cause, 16 Oct. 2013. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

This website gives good informative examples of Modern Witch Hunts. The author gives examples of how the liberal media, freeloaders who take from others, and the overweight plays the roles of Modern Witch Hunts. For the overweight example, the author accuses weight-loss programs pointing fingers on the overweight trying to assimilate them into becoming more fit and healthy like them. These examples are interesting because they are unique and easily capture the general audience's attention, by having these outrageous accusation.

Simkin, John. “Joseph McCarthy.” Spartacus Educational. 30 May 2008. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

In John Simkin's writing on McCarthyism, he is focused more on what Senator Joseph McCarthy did to stop communism in America. Simkin speaks of the HUAC (House of Un-americanized Activities Commission) which was formed under McCarthy to investigate American and subversive activities among the government and throughout the celebrities in America. This tactic was mainly focused on the celebrity's, as communists knew that celebrities were more influential on more of society than government officials were, which meant the spread of communism would be quick. Hollywood, California was the biggest place where the HUAC was active as they quickly identified signs of communism, and punished those who practiced it. This source relied mainly on how the HUAC was formed to basically spread the awareness of communism in America. The site is very, very well organized and is separated into different portions in which awareness was raised to end communism (HUAC, Alien Registration Act). It makes the main idea very prominent, and the focal point is simple to identify.

Wallace, Kelly E. "McCarthyism." Independence Hall Association, 3 May 2008. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

In Kelly Wallace's description of McCarthyism, his writings go in great detail to describe Senator Joseph McCarthy's "rise to power." This source exclaimed Joseph McCarthy's motives towards him believing in communist America, which lead to his theory of McCarthyism. It clearly demonstrates his resolve to rid the United States of the communist threat in the government. This site organized his work first through giving background information on Joseph McCarthy, then swiftly changed to help the reader understand how McCarthy believed that there was a Communist America, then on to his reasoning for "McCarthyism," making it easy for the reader to comprehend.

"Women Tortured and Killed in Gruesome Modern-day Witch Hunts." Vancouverdesi, 22 Apr. 2013. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

This website provides an article of a Modern Witch Hunt in India. The article provides how in some parts of India is isolated for women who are accused as being witches. This article provides a one descriptive example of how a the head-women of a village got accused of manifesting a disease that disabled two of her neighbors. The article explains her story and is very interesting, and anyone from a general audience point of view can understand this article.