Blogs tagged "Arthur Miller"

A Summer Seminar on American Communism

American Communists demonstrate in New York City’s Union Square in 1929.
By Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History, Department of Political Science, Emory University. Why should teachers care about the history of the Communist Party in the United States?Read More »
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Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”: Witch Hunting for the Classroom

"The witch no. 1" lithograph, By Baker, Joseph E., ca. 1837-1914
It would probably never have occurred to me to write a play about the Salem witch trials of 1692 had I not seen some astonishing correspondences with that calamity in the America of the late 40s and early 50s. My basic need was to respond to a phenomenon which, with only small exaggeration, one could say paralyzed a whole generation and in a short time dried up the habits of trust and toleration in public discourse. —Arthur MillerRead More »
Categories Closer Readings