The Salem Witch Trials

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What evidence supports that McCarthyism is in repetition with the Salem Witch Trials? “No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices” (John F. Kennedy). The townspeople of Salem in the 1600’s and the citizens of the United States in the 1950’s are guilty of terrorization. The “innocent” people should have defended their peers. Reviewing the past, evidence supports McCarthyism was in repetition with the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials commenced after young ladies made unsubstantial claims. Similarly, McCarthyism began when Joseph McCarthy, a senator from Wisconsin, accused more than two hundred random people of being Communists. These methods of accusations left many of the oppressed afraid to share their opinion. Both…show more content…
Evidence shows that a mixture of paranoia, an uncompromising society, and aimless accusations could lead to catastrophic events. The people of Salem and the citizens of 1950’s America were accused by unsubstantial claims (Britannica 1). These claims destroyed reputations and lives (Lorcher 1). Thousands of the accused saw their jobs, their relationships, and the lives disrupted (History 4). The citizens accused of witchcraft were either alienated or killed. Joseph McCarthy accused more than two hundred people of being members of the Communist party (Lorcher 1). These allegations were often against other government officials (PBS 1). In result, many government officials sought to be seen as staunch anti-communists (History 3). However, in Salem, young ladies made claims with no real evidence (Lorcher 1). Even a birthmark

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