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Hysteria Portrayed In The Ethel Rosenberg Trial

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People have been accused for things they haven't done many times in history. In the 1600s, in Salem Massachusetts; nineteen people got killed for something they had no part in. In many cases hysteria can lead to injustice and harm to the innocent because people are often motivated by fear and suspicion to make bad or dangerous decisions. Which is illustrated in Abigail when she blamed other people for being witches so she doesn't get in trouble for what she did. In my studies, in the Ethel Rosenberg trial (“the Red Scare”)is also a more madern example of hysteria. In “The Crucible” there was many good examples of hysteria. One that stands out was the example of Abigail. The reason she is a good example is because she was scared and fearful of getting in trouble. She was scared because she was with her friends in the woods dancing and her uncle caught them. He thought that she was doing witchcraft, so she blamed it on Tituba; the person that was in the woods with them, and then all her friends started blaming her too. This is…show more content…
It was called the “Red Scare” it was a time of hysteria that a threat was by the Communists in the U.S. Joseph R. McCarthy was the senator of the U.S. at that time and caused a lot of hysteria. Many people were saying that they were anti communists, and if you were had different opinions on that kind of matter then you were seen as a radical. In this time there was a case where Julien and Ethel Rosenberg was accused of being a spy for the Soviet Union. With all this hysteria already going on people started to point fingers at them. Even though there was no evidence of Ethel involvement in being a spy. There was also people that admitted that they had lied about Ethel and that she typed the secrets but she didn't. This shows that the government and the people under it, pointed fingers with all the hysteria going on and she got accused and killed for something she didn't
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