January 22

Lord Byron, English Romantic poet, is born

January 22, 1788

“Our Town,” Pulitzer winning play by Thornton Wilder, is performed for the first time

January 22, 1938

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible premiered on Broadway on this day in 1953

January 22, 1953

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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    By closely reading historical documents and attempting to interpret them, students consider how Arthur Miller interpreted the facts of the Salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them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?

  • Understanding the Salem Witch Trials
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Understanding the Salem Witch Trials

    In 1691, a group of girls from Salem, Massachusetts accused an Indian slave named Tituba of witchcraft, igniting a hunt for witches that left 19 men and women hanged, one man pressed to death, and over 150 more people in prison awaiting a trial. In this lesson, students will explore the characteristics of the Puritan community in Salem, learn about the Salem Witchcraft Trials, and try to understand how and why this event occurred.

Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade, holds right to privacy includes abortion decision

January 22, 1973