The Crucible was published in the 1950s, though the play is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 during the Salem witch trials. Miller uses these two settings to parallel one another, using the play as an allegory. As WW2 ended, it appeared that communists were successfully increasing its power and control on a global scale. While America was at war, a significant threat was the apparent communist threat at home. In a bid to root out communist conspirators in the USA, the McCarty Trials were established, those who did not cooperate or those who found guilty, faced imprisonment, unemployment or being blacklisted. Many were falsely accused and unfairly treated. It was in this atmosphere of suspicion and deceit that Miller wrote The Crucible.
The Crucible was published in the 1950s and is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 during the time of the Salem witch trials. This allowed Miller to parallel these events with the red scare and McCarthyism that caused tension at the time due to the Red Scare.
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