June 21

American theologian and political philosopher Reinhold Niebuhr born

June 21, 1892

Arthur Miller appears before the House Un-American Activities Committee

June 21, 1956

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  • Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
    Lesson Plan / Art & Culture
    Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

    By closely reading historical documents and attempting to interpret them, students consider how Arthur Miller interpreted the facts of the Salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them in his play, The Crucible. As they explore historical materials, such as the biographies of key players (the accused and the accusers) and transcripts of the Salem Witch trials themselves, students will be guided by aesthetic and dramatic concerns: In what ways do historical events lend themselves (or not) to dramatization? What makes a particular dramatization of history effective and memorable?

  • Lesson 2: The House Un-American Activities Committee
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 2: The House Un-American Activities Committee

    In the late 1940s and early 1950s, relations between the United States and the Soviet Union had deteriorated to the point of "cold war," while domestically the revelation that Soviet spies had infiltrated the U.S. government created a general sense of uneasiness. This lesson will examine the operations of House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in the late 1940s.

  • Lesson 3: The Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 3: The Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy

    A freshman senator from Wisconsin, Joseph R. McCarthy, shocked the country in 1950 when he claimed to possess evidence that significant numbers of communists continued to hold positions of influence in the State Department. In this lesson students will learn about McCarthy's crusade against communism, from his bombshell pronouncements in 1950 to his ultimate censure and disgrace in 1954.