Blogs tagged "Salem"

Witch-Hunting in Salem Village

Matteson painting inspired by Salem Witch trails depiciting courtroom drama
Witchcraft was hung, in History,But History and IFind all the Witchcraft that we needAround us, every Day —Emily Dickinson (poem 1583)October is here. As the days begin to shorten and late afternoon shadows grown long, we prepare for Halloween. Our fascination with the supernatural in all its frightening aspects seems to peak this time of year.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 »
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