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    over and cause destruction to a community. Fear is used as a weapon by those who abuse their power to manipulate the innocent victims, which is clear in both eras of the Red Scare and The Crucible. The time periods are both supported by controversial claims involved with the witch trials and communism. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the Red Scare and the Thirty Years of Treason, it is clearly visible that fear actually is a detrimental factor towards both societies. Recognizing that both witchcraft and…

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    Joseph Mccarthy Red Scare

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    The Red Scare (1919-20) was a time in American history that will not be forgotten. And also, the September 11th attacks will not be forgotten. Both events come in existence out of fear. Let’s start with The Red Scare. This pivotal time in America was home grown fear. A Senator by the name Joseph McCarthy should go down in history as spear heading this period. Naturally, human beings are fearful of the unknown. Joseph McCarthy used this fear to his advantage. He claimed to have a list of…

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    Joseph McCarthy Few people in American history have ever plunged the country into panic as Joseph McCarthy did in the 1950s. He single-handedly fabricated a scandal he claimed reached into the highest branches of the US government. Lacking substantial evidence, he accused various senators, representatives, and officials of being communist spies. His infamous “list” of such people was comprised of information that was “either taken from other sources or misremembered or just made up” (Kelley).…

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    The Red Scare of the 1920’s was widespread panic due to the fear of the communists, anarchists, and socialist ideas rising in the United States. Immigrants and foreigners were the first to be blamed because they were believed to have brought communist ideas with them into America. To try and put an end to this mass paranoia, people within the government went out to find any known Communists and eliminate them. One man in particular made this his full-time job for the sake of the American…

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    The Red Scare

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    The Cold War created a large amount of tension not just between the United States and the Soviet Union but also within the country itself. The second wave of the Red Scare was a direct result of the Cold War and changed the overall moral of the country for a period of time. There were many cases that came as a direct result of the widespread panic and anxiety over the infiltration of Communist influence into society. Together, The Smith Act, Dennis versus U.S. and the HUAC hearings of the…

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    Good Night and Good Luck directed by George Clooney was a dramatic film which was based off of real events that occurred during the 1950’s. During this period in America, McCarthyism was in full effect. McCarthyism itself was making accusations of disloyalty and began when senator Joseph R. McCarthy exposed communists in the United States which is also known as the “Red Scare”. The film shows the differences between the senator and a CBS television journalist named Edward R. Murrow, what also…

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    Coming out of WWI, America was beginning the transition into a period of modernization and isolationism. The aftermath of WW1 led to many advancements throughout American society, many of which were controversial across generations. These controversial advancements in society ranged from economical and political, to social. Following the Red Scare, nativism began to resurface in America and would eventually lead to the establishment of the nativist establishments and legislation. FDR also led…

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    frenzy, yelling out all the names they claim have made pacts with the Devil despite their strict Puritan beliefs (Miller). This scene is pivotal to the story because it shows how the hysteria began growing in Salem until it exploded out of control, and the trials took over daily life. Had the girls not wanted all the attention and praise, the trials would never have taken off, and the sense of panic never would have penetrated Salem. The United States as a whole fell into a similar trap due to…

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    Compliance to an Dangerous Path Throughout history the compliance to totalitarianism is blamed on certain groups of people that enacted social corruption, to make it appear as if they were saving humanity. Leaders and associations, mostly focusing on Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini, they manipulated their countries and made it resemble that they were improving the country and community, when in reality they ruined the community. This relates to The Crucible and during the Red Scare both time…

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    This connection speaks to the tendency in humans to latch on to fear and blindly follow those who promise to erase it. In both situations the fear is manufactured. During the witch trials it was completely made up while during the red scare it was a small issue that was blown out of proportion. The only way to stop this mentality from spreading out of control is for people to stand up against the terror. Edward Murrow was one such person during the red scare and his journalism helped to expose…

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