Witches and Communists: The Crucible and the Cold War

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Through a partnership with the California Department of Education, the National Humanities Center (NHC) is pleased to offer California educators free registration in a series of live, online professional development seminars for history, literature, and humanities teachers.


Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible is a staple in high school American literature curricula throughout the United States. Originally produced to a lukewarm reception in 1953, it was re-staged to more enthusiastic reviews in 1957 and made into a major motion picture in 1996. To what extent is it “about” the Salem Witch Trials and “about” McCarthyism? What can the play tell us about politics, American identity, the individual, women, community, and sexuality in the early years of the Cold War? What accounts for the play’s continuing power? How has more than half a century given us new perspectives on it?

For more information please visit: http://rce.csuchico.edu/teachers/nhc.asp