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In the 1950s and 1980s, the U.S. had two “witch hunts” were almost direct parallels to the one that occurred in Salem. While both hunts were equally defamatory, one of the hunts attempted to tackle a nationwide fear while the other attempted to address just a local fear. After the end of WW2, the Soviet Union’s (Russian) government was governed by Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, a despot that believed in Communism. This “… is an economic system designed to equally benefit everyone in the society” (Hoyt). Since these governments are usually led by tyrants such as Ulyanov, the United States was concerned that they would be negatively affected by Communism. In 1950, the fear ultimately rose to unsafe levels because then-U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy “… waved around a list of 205 names of supposed active communists holding jobs in the State Department” (Hoyt) during a formal lunch for Abraham Lincoln. Like in Salem with “witches”, U.S. leaders and citizens wanted to weed out anyone that had some belief in Communism and attempted to do so by “… making accusations with scant evidence” (Hoyt). Like in Salem, the ramifications for suspects were often grave and irreparable. One such consequence was that “Careers and reputations were irreparably damaged” (Hoyt). One of McCarthy’s victims was a movie-making business known as the Hollywood Ten. Like John Proctor 258 years before, the Hollywood Ten refused to disclose the names of possible Communists out of fear that their standing in the community would be destroyed. As a consequence, the movie-makers were incarcerated and “blacklisted” by the government, which meant that they were fired and barred from working. Thirty-three years later, a preschool teacher in a school near LAX Airport was charged with rape. Like with The Crucible and McCarthy’s dealing of Communism, the situation started out as a small concern. Like with Betty and Ruth, the accuser’s reasoning was only based on visible signs, which in this case was the fact that “There appeared to be some physical damage to his Judy Johnson’s son private parts…” (Willick). What turned this incident into hysteria was that “The police sent out a letter to hundreds of parents asking if they had suspicions about the teacher” (Willick). Like in The Crucible, victims and witnesses in the Los Angeles case were often “… coaxed, prodded, and trained…” (Coleman) to give false truths. In looking at the Salem Trials, McCarthyism, and the Preschool Trials in Los Angeles, we can see that all three events had a similar pattern of events and were damaging in their own aspects. Miller’s play explains how an event from before our country’s birth is pertinent to events in the 20th century. Looking beyond that, the events in The Crucible even resemble today’s political scene in the U.S. where Muslims are being defamed.