Austin Storie Mrs. Call American Literature January 31, 2016 Red Scare: The Era of Mass Hysteria Imagine being disowned from your family, losing your job, and facing jail time over an untrue rumor. That situation may seem farfetched, but it was a reality for some during the Red Scare. While government action during the Red Scare was intended to protect democracy, it did more harm than good.
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.
Imagine being placed in a situation where if one does not confess to their actions or beliefs, even if they are not true, there will be negative consequences. One would either confess truthfully or not, based the consequence and if they are willing to go through it for the greater good. This theme has been demonstrated through many ways such as in books, mainstream current media, and in the history of the United States. Negative consequences can influence whether or not one chooses to rightly, or falsely, confess as evidenced by characters in the Crucible by Arthur Miller, President Clinton confessing his affair after denying it, and finally, during the McCarthy era when politicians attempted to convince many Hollywood stars to falsely confess
With the world on the brink of possible Nuclear Armageddon, the tension created from the Cold War affected the whole world, let alone just the USA and Russia. Every nation was impacted in some way. The Cold War was an era that consisted of tension, panic, Nuclear rivalry, and proxy warfare. The US and Russia became superpowers in the absence of Germany, numerous conflicts broke out throughout the world, and the resulting tension escalating pushed many individuals in the world into a mindset of paranoia and panic. The possible future was looking grim for many who feared the war of Capitalism versus Communism.
How would you react to hysteria? Would you join or stay far away from it? In the 1960s people were accused of being communists. Arthur Miller publicly stated he was a communist. He was inspired by what had happened in the 1960s and personal experiences.
Written in 1948, ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson is a controversial short story heavily influenced by the events that occurred during that time in history. Jackson effectively captures the dark nature of the human spirit in her dystopian piece, ‘The Lottery’; there are significant parallels between the short story and the sociological, economic and political climate at the time due to the Holocaust and the red scare in the United States. During these difficult times in history, individuals were persecuted for their beliefs, and often it was people that they believed were close to them that allowed for these unspeakable acts to occur. The lengths that members of society are able to go to in order to protect their own interests is deplorable, and Jackson has illustrated this theme in a more apparent manner.
Many people know about the United States first president, George Washington, but do they know about the second president, John Adams. John Adams was not a very liked president because Washington set the bar for the presidency pretty high. Adams was not a liked president for many reasons like the trouble with french, including setting off the XYZ affair, signing Jay’s Treaty, and sending the war fever through the United States, and one of the other reasons why Adams was not liked was the Alien and Sedition acts which violated the state's rights. The United States was having trouble with France because of the XYZ Affair, Jay’s Treaty, and a lot of people having war fever in the United states.
During the 1940 's, the United States faced the pressing challenge of transferring from war to peacetime after the events of World War II. One of the major challenges that America faced after WWII was the cold war between the U.S and the U.S.S.R as a result of the ideological differences between the two. A number of incidents in the 1940 's contributed to the tensions between the Untied States and the Soviet Union, particularly the United State 's involvement in Turkey and Greece, as well as the war in Korea. Paranoia and suspension between the Soviet Union and the United, fueled by events such as the USSR 's violation of promises made at the Yalta Conference to hold democratic elections, led the United States to peruse the concept of
After the Holocaust (1930-1940’s), America underwent a drastic cultural and social change. The Holocaust, although occurred overseas sent shock waves through American culture, changing the way we lead our daily lives. America was drastically changed in the wake of the tragic events that transpired in Germany. The Holocaust, although being an international event, had a profound impact on American Culture, affecting its stance of interventionism, and our willingness to bring certain immigrants to our country. The widespread immigration to America that followed the Holocaust also provided a jolt to our culture, as the immigrants provided new facets of our society.
During the late 1800’s a seemingly impossible uphill battle for equality and rights gained a new ally in the Progressive Movement, whose main goal was to enact reform in a practical, plausible way. Before this Movement social conditions were worsening across the United States and inequality in politics ran rampant, to spread the news of this new forms of media and campaigning arose, and after the Progressive Movement ran its course it left a drastic imprint on the history of American reform. This era is famous for its changes and philosophies that governed America and its people such as the argument between Conservationists and Preservationists or the issue of tariffs that had persisted since the birth of the United States, but what the Progressive