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"Arthur Asher Miller." Bio. A&E Television Networks.
2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.
Arthur Miller was born in Harlem, New York on October 17, 1915. Miller attended the University of Michigan before becoming one of America's most famous playwrights. His first play, Death of a Salesman, opened on Broadway in 1949. Many of his plays, including The Crucible, were inspired by his rocky marriage to Marilyn Monroe, and his refusal to cooperate with the House of Un-American Activities Committee. Married three times, Miller died at age 89 on February 10, 2005.
Well known artists, such as Arthur Miller, were accused of communist sympathies and called before the House of Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare. In total, 320 artists were blacklisted. For many, this was the end of promising careers. By 1954, McCarthyism had died down and some actors and writers were able to return to work.
Blumberg, Jess. "A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials." Smithsonian.com. N.p., 24 Oct. 2007. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.
The Salem Witch Trials occurred in Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. Over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and twenty people were executed. Later on, the colony realized the trials were a mistake and the families of those convicted were compensated.
Dailey, Jamie. "Modern-day Witch Hunts." Cavalierdaily.com. N.p., 12 Nov. 2010. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.
The Ground Zero Mosque is persecuted by many Americans, especially by the families of those who died on September 11, 2001. The mosque is not on Ground Zero, but only two blocks away. Targeting the Muslim community is anti-ethical to America's founding ideals.
Hoffman, Piper. "3 Modern Witch Hunts That Shape Our Current World." Care2. N.p., 16 Oct. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.
Many conservatives believe that upstanding, hard-working Americans are getting taken advantage of by lazy people who need money. If the poor cannot be killed by fire like the witches of the 1690s, conservatives will kill them with untreated illness and hunger.
"Salem Witch Trials." History.com. A&E Networks, 2011. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.
The trials began after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed by the devil. They accused several locals of witchcraft and a special court in Salem was set up to hear the cases.
"What Is McCarthyism?" WiseGEEK. N.p., 2004. Web. 13 Apr. 2014.
During the 1940s and 1950s, America was concerned about the threat of communism growing in Eastern Europe and China. Senator Joseph McCarthy made the accusation that many communists had infiltrated the United States government. Known as McCarthyism, the hunt for communists had begun.