After doing my research on the Hollywood Blacklist, I found out that Arthur Miller was one of the many professionals in the film industry that was blacklisted. This inspired him to write The Crucible. After being blacklisted, he traveled to Salem, Massachusetts to research the witch trials. From there, he compared the Salem Witch Trials of the 1600s to the HUAC Trial’s of the 1940’s and 1950’s. I’ve noticed in the book that witnesses on trial are first accused of being witches and are then asked to identify other witches. In the Blacklisting Trials, people were first asked if they were a Communist and then asked to identify other Communists. In the book, everybody is pointing fingers at everybody; which is how many people in Hollywood lost friends, co-workers, and even spouses. Many of these trials become famous works of literature. One of my favorite plays, Inherit the Wind is also eerily similar. It is based on the true story of the Scopes Monkey Trials; about overly religious people in Tennessee persecuting a teacher for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in the 1930s. Much like witchcraft in The Crucible, evolution in Inherit the Wind is dismissed as devil’s work because it does not follow traditional Christian beliefs. Anybody else think that the Crucible compares with any other prominent events in time?