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2 wanted to reform their national church by eliminating every shred of Catholic influence believed the Church of England was becoming corrupted attempted to purify the Church of England and their own Left for the new world in 1620 to escape religious persecution established the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

3 1. Total Depravity - through Adam and Eve's fall, every person is born sinful - concept of Original Sin. 2. Unconditional Election - God "saves" those he wishes - only a few are selected for salvation - concept of predestination. 3. Limited Atonement - Jesus died for the chosen only, not for everyone.

4 4. Irresistible Grace - God's grace is freely given, it cannot be earned or denied. Grace is defined as the saving and transfiguring power of God. 5. Perseverance of the "saints" - those elected by God have full power to interpret the will of God, and to live uprightly. If anyone rejects grace after feeling its power in his life, he will be going against the will of God - something impossible in Puritanism.

5 The Puritan community was a theocracy, a government which blends church and state. The churchs officials were the governments officials. Thus, church and state were not separate. City upon a Hill Theory: That the new MA Colony would be a place of complete reform (utopia) where God would be found in scripture and a strong work ethic. Education: A strong belief in education was established in order to read the Word of God. The first public school was founded in 1635 and Harvard College became an icon for educating ministers.

6 What do we take away from the Puritans, Planters and Pilgrims? Independence, patriotism, industry, practicality, tolerance, These people were the first to build upon the idea of the American Dream. The idea that a new path could be forged and goals attained. We inherited an emphasis on hard work, a strong sense of religion, duty to country and freedom from oppression.


8 Betty Parris became strangely ill. She dashed about, dove under furniture, contorted in pain, and complained of fever. The cause of her symptoms may have been some combination of stress, asthma, guilt, boredom, child abuse, epilepsy, and delusional psychosis. Talk of witchcraft increased when other playmates of Betty, including eleven-year-old Ann Putnam, seventeen-year-old Mercy Lewis, and Mary Walcott, began to exhibit similar unusual behavior. A doctor called to examine the girls, suggested that the girls' problems might have a supernatural origin. The widespread belief that witches targeted children made the doctor's diagnosis seem increasingly likely. -Douglas Linder

9 1 1 1. Strong belief that Satan is acting in the world. ---------"The invisible world": disease, natural catastrophes, and bad fortune 2. A belief that Satan actively recruits witches and wizards ---------Prior witchcraft cases 3. A belief that a person afflicted by witchcraft exhibits certain symptoms. 4. A time of troubles, making it seem likely that Satan was active. ---------Congregational strife in Salem Village ---------Frontier wars with Indians 5. Stimulation of imaginations by Tituba (slave). 6. Teenage boredom. 7. Confessing "witches" adding credibility to earlier charges. 8. Old feuds (disputes within congregation, property disputes) between the accusers and the accused spurring charges of witchcraft.

10 The girls contorted into grotesque poses, fell down into frozen postures, and complained of biting and pinching sensations. In a village where everyone believed that the devil was real, close at hand, and acted in the real world, the suspected affliction of the girls became an obsession. Douglas Linder

11 By the end of 1692, over 200 people were jailed and standing accused of witchcraft.

12 Nineteen men and women were hanged, all having been convicted of witchcraft Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges Many languished in jail for months without trials At least four died in prison

13 1. Doubts grow when respected citizens are convicted and executed. -------Rebecca Nurse (jury first acquits, then told to reconsider) -------George Burroughs (recites Lord's Prayer perfectly at hanging) 2. Accusations of witchcraft include the powerful and well- connected. -------Wife of Governor Phips (and others) 3. The educated elite of Boston pressure Gov. Phips to exclude spectral evidence. -------Increase Mather points out the Devil could take the shape of an innocent person: "It were better that 10 suspected witches should escape than one innocent person should be condemned." 4. Gov. Phips bars spectral evidence and disbands the Court

14 McCarthyism is the term used to describe a period of intense suspicion in the United States during the early 1950s. It began when Senator Joseph McCarthy, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, claimed that communists had infiltrated the Department of State. A special House Committee on Un-American Activities was formed to investigate allegations of communism. During this period, people from all walks of life became the subjects of aggressive witch hunts often based on inconclusive, questionable evidence.

15 Persons accused of being communists were often denied employment in both the public and private sector. In the film industry alone, over 300 actors, writers, and directors were denied work in the U.S. American writer, Arthur Miller, was one of those alleged to have been blacklisted.

16 McCarthys influence finally faltered in 1954 when a famous CBS newsman, Edward R. Murrow, aired an investigative news report which revealed McCarthy as dishonest in his speeches and abusive in his interrogation of witnesses. The public was finally made aware of how McCarthy was ruining the reputations of many individuals through false accusations of communism. Edward R. Murrow

17 1915-2005 American Playwright and Writer In 1953 he wrote The Crucible, which uses the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 to attack the anti- communist witch hunts of the 1950s. He believed the hysteria surrounding the witch craft trials in Puritan New England paralleled the climate of McCarthyism – Senator Joseph McCarthys obsessive quest to uncover communist party infiltration of American institutions. After the publication of the The Crucible, Miller himself was investigated for possible associations with the communist party. He refused to give information regarding his colleagues and was found guilty of contempt of court. His sentence was later overturned.


19 We begin with a play, set in colonial America. Arthur Millers drama The Crucible has its feet in two eras of time Puritanical New England Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Cold War Washington of the 1950s. Miller presents Americas deepest past in order to make a modern point. He saw that, as the saying goes, Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

20 Group of girls caught dancing in woods with Tituba Among the group is the Daughter of Rev. Parris and the daughter of Thomas and Anne Putnam Girls pretend sickness and possession Both families demand that the possessors be found and punished

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