April 8, 2009

The Crucible

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Wikipedia Salem Witch entry has a good summary of the events.

Arthur Miller's play The Crucible was the only good thing that came out of this unfortunate moment in American History.
The play was written in the early 1950s as a response to McCarthyism, when the US government blacklisted accused communists. Miller himself was to be questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of "contempt of Congress" for failing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.
The Crucible was later made into two movie. The one made in 1996 stared Daniel Day-Lewis as John Proctor, one of the victims.

Below is a clip from the movie.

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