THE CRUCIBLE - by Arthur Miller
The "important theme" that Miller was writing about was clear to many observers. It was written in response to Senator McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee's crusade against supposed communist sympathizers. Despite the obvious political criticisms contained within the play, most critics felt that "The Crucible" was "a self contained play about
a terrible period in American history."
Discovery School -- Salem Witch Trials: The World Behind the Hysteria - background article
The Witchcraft Trials in Salem: A Commentary - background article
*Famous American Trials: Salem Witchcraft Trials, 1692 - (U.MKC)- includes transcripts (click on Examinations and Evidence)
The Salem Witchcraft Papers: Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases 1648-1706
Chronology of Events
*Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project (U. Virginia) -
electronic collection of primary source materials relating to the Salem witch trials of 1692 and a new transcription of the court records.
How to find actual courtroom documents: Open the above site. Click on Court Records. In theTranscription box click on
The Salem Witchcraft Papers. There are three sections, alphabetized by last name of the accused.
Salem Witch Museum - online exhibit from the Salem Witch Museum
SalemWeb: Salem Witch Trials - from the Salem, Mass. City Guide
Tour the City of Salem Today
Eyewitness to History: The Salem Witch Trials, 1692 - concentrates on the trial of Martha Corey [Carey]
Salem Witch Trial FAQ--
National Geographic: Salem Witch-Hunt Experience - An interactive trip through the
hysteria that caused the witch hunt in Salem, offered from the perspective of one of the accused.
Salem Witch Trials Quiz
Hawthorne in Salem - images related to the "Scarlet Letter"
Additional Sites (use with main articles from library databases)
Herblock's History: Fire! - Political cartoons that reflect the anticommunist furor in post WWII America "Why I Wrote the Crucible" - Arthur Miller- An Artist's Answer to Politics
* "Are you Now or Have You Ever Been?" - 2000 essay by Arthur Miller in which he describes the paranoia of the
1950s and how it affected American, particularly its film industry