The Crucible and McCarthyism

False accusations ( Similarities )

The Crucible(Abigail):

  • Untrue accusations.
  • Those that were accused were assumed guilty put on trial.
  • False accusations caused fear to those who didn't stand up .
McCarthyism( Joseph McCarthyism):

  • Untrue accusations
  • Those that were assumed guilty who failed to tell was put on trial.
  • False accusations caused people not to stand up to McCarthyism.
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The Crucible

  • Begin in 1692
  • Innocent people were accused.
  • Reverend Parris was chosen to be pastor.
  • Abigail and a group of girls were caught dancing around fire.
  • A girl named Betty had went unconscious.
  • A doctor came, but he didn't really know what was wrong with her.
  • Abigail refused to tell what happen in the woods that night.
  • She threaten the others not to say anything.
  • The people in Salem thought they were witches and practicing witchcraft.
  • Mrs. Putnam was aware that witchcraft was supposedly been in Salem and she thought that was the reason her 7 babies die.
  • Parris wouldn't declare that witchcraft was in Salem.
  • Betty asked Abigail why was she drinking blood she responded that was her way to kill Mr. Proctor wife.
  • John and Abigail was ex-lovers.
  • Tituba didn't want to go through with what Abigail plan, so she began to tell Parris the names.
  • So she wouldn't get hung or beaten to death.


  • Spent almost five years trying to expose communist.
  • Began in the late 1940s and the early 1950s
  • Insinuations of disloyalty were enough to convince Americans that the government was packed.
  • After WW II ended the events seemed to aboard many Americans to prove that The Red Menace was real.
  • McCarthyism accusations were so intimidating that few people dared to speak out against it.
  • Communist infiltrated the U.S. Government.
  • Was referred to as "red's" because of their allegiance to the red soviet flag.
  • Led to a range of action that had a profound and enduring effect on U.S. Government and society.
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