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The Crucible: Crucible Research Paper

Group 1 - Arthur Miller

•Key events in his life.
•Other works (especially Death of a Salesman)
•His beliefs/political outlook including communist connections
•Arraignment by the House Un-American Activities (HUAC)

Arthur Miller Links:

Group 2 - Witchcraft: Background

•What was witchcraft? Who practiced it?
•Describe the social response to withcraft in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.
•What social and religious factors are given to account for the harsh response to witchcraft?
•What can you find out about modern witchcraft or wicca?

Witchcraft Links

Group 3 - Puritanism / New England in the 1690s

  •  What type of people settled Massachusetts?
  • How did they survive?
  • What were their main fears and anxieties?
  • What was the influence of religious structure and thought on New England society?
  • How were women, minorities, and non-believers viewed by mainstream Puritans?
  • What can you find out about their social structures/hierarchies?

Puritanism Links:

The Crucible

Arthur Miller. Photographer. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 22 Feb 2013.  


All database passwords are at the back of your planner or available in Edline in Media Center.

Organize Your Report

Animoto (education account) - Create a video that will bring your project to life. See the media staff for the promo code.

AGOPPE research model (using Noodlebib and Animoto).

Animoto Planning Sheet - Use this sheet to keep you organized.

Noodlebib - Use your Noodlebib account to help create a works cited page. - At your teacher's request, turn in your assignment electronically through


Group 4 - Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s

•What events led to these trials?
•Who was involved -as prosecutors? As victims?
•What were the outcomes of the trials?
•How do historians interpret these events?

Salem Links:

Group 5 - McCarthyism, the Red Scare and the Crack-Down on Communists

•What was the Cold War?
•What was McCarthyism? Who was Joe McCarthy? What were his aims? methods? Who were his victims?
•What lead to his eventual downfall?

McCarthyism Links:

The Eisenhower Presidential Library Archives - presents a short overview of McCarthyism and documents related to the era.
The Christian Science Monitor - updated archival releases shed new light on McCarthy hearings.
PBS NewsHour - an interview with some victims of the "blacklists."

Have You No Sense of Decency”: The Army-McCarthy Hearings - links to the full texts of the Army-McCarthy Hearings in 1953-54.

McCarthy - Welch Exchange - Full text, mp3 audio and video of Army-McCarthy Hearing exchange between Josesph Welch and Joe McCarthy
Famous American Trials: The Rosenberg Trial - another link from Dr. Linder's site, this time on the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
F.B.I. - documents released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (F.O.I.A.)