McCarthyism is “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism”. It is also known as the “Red Scare” which is what the U.S was called when they felt like they were being threatened by communist and it was also a promotion for fear. The “Red Scare” brought many actions that effected the government and society. McCarthyism started in the 1950’s with Senator Joseph McCarthy and is also similar to The Crucible. He was worried that communists were in the United States to destroy the government. He then made a blacklist that had people on it who he thought were communist. Many people started to worry about if he thought they were communist and were put on the blacklist. Many people were so worried that they said he was making this up and that made him mad so he told them who they all were. Hollywood actors were a group that he thought were all communist. Once he told everyone those actors weren’t able to get a job because they were on his list. This is similar like the story The Crucible because similar things happen in both. The Crucible showed how the Salem Witch Trials could destroy people and McCarthyism shows how communism can destroy a person. In The Crucible many accusations were made just like when Joseph McCarthy accused the Hollywood actors and others of being communist. Because these people made the accusations it ruined there reputations and they would never be able to get a good job again. Many people were afraid when they said these things and so when people are afraid they believe what others say to them and that’s why they believed that those were doing witchcraft in Salem and that they were communist in Hollywood. Many people lived in fear during both of these time either being afraid of witchcraft or communist. While people may think that McCarthyism is not around anymore it still is because others make up stories in Hollywood or wherever about how famous people are doing things they shouldn’t be doing and it can ruin their reputation just like Joseph McCarthy did to those other Hollywood actors.
The American Dream! It’s something that everyone wants and strives for everyday. Many Americans live the American Dream everyday including me. I live the American Dream everyday by going to school, living in a stable home, and being able to choose what I want to do in my own life. Others think that the American Dream consist of wealth and others doing things for them. Some think the American Dream is having a good paying job, living in a good house, and having a family. Many people from other countries think that the American Dream is going to school getting a good paying job, and having a family to support on your own is what the American Dream is all about to them. In earlier times many people from other countries wouldn’t have it as easy as they do now trying to come to America to achieve the American Dream. Many immigrants that came to America didn’t want to be rich all they wanted was to be free and live somewhere where talking about your religion was legal. What most people want is to live a great life having freedom and opportunities in a country where they exist. To me someone who has lived the American Dream would be my grandparents because they have worked hard to send my parents to school and raise them up to have their own family and take care of us with the opportunities that they have been given. Now my parents live the American Dream by raising me and my sister up in a good home teaching us about God and what he has blessed us with and we have had the opportunity to go to great schools and learn about how we can achieve our opportunities. Many people think that the American Dream is about “rags to riches” but it’s not it about being given opportunities and freedom to do the things that you love and talk about the religion that you believe in! In other countries gender matters because if your a woman you can’t do a mans job but a man can do any job. In America none of that matters because we believe that woman can do a mans job as well as a man doing a woman’s job. An example would be a woman or a mother going to work everyday eight hours a day and the man or father staying at home and taking care of their kids and work around their house and in America this would be ok. I believe that if you have a dream and follow it that you can achieve the American Dream and have many opportunities for yourself.