Background Research on The Crucible and the 1950's1.McCarthyism/The Red Hunt
2.The Cold War
- History Channel
- National Archives: Telegram from McCarthy to Truman (primary source). This National Archives site has a good overview of what McCarthyism was as well as a primary source telegram that McCarthy sent to President Truman in 1950 about the government "harboring a nest of Communists and Communist sympathizers."
3. The Salem Witch Hunts
- History Channel: Cold War History (This site on the Cold War has a TON of information--for example, click on one of the people under "Cold War Leaders and Events" and you'll see articles, videos, etc.)
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library: Cold War
- Britannica: Cold War
- BBC: Cold War History
- Wilson Center: this timeline of the Cold War has links to primary source documents from that time
- NPR: Living in the Atomic Age
- IPL: Cold War (This page provides links to lots of sites about the Cold War. The IPL was an excellent online library of web links maintained by librarians. Unfortunately it is no longer maintained, so some links may be broken).
- RAF: Cold War (The Royal Air Force (Great Britain's air force) museum created this exhibit on the Cold War. Try clicking on "Countries" or "Biographies.")
- Cold War International History Project: From the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.The goal of this project is to "[support] the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War."
4.Mass Hysteria (include connections to today)5.TV Shows/Game Shows6.Most Popular Music/Musicians of the 50's (include music example in presentation!)
- Smithsonian: "A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials"
- University of Missouri, Famous American Trials: Salem Witchcraft Trials
- Salem Witch Museum in Salem, MA
- University of Virginia Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive (primary sources)
- New Yorker: "The Witches of Salem"
7.Politics: Truman and Eisenhower8.The Economy9.Movie Stars of the 1950's10.Brown vs. Board of Education
- Rolling Stone: "The 50's, A Decade of Music That Changed the World"
- This farm museum site has a focus on country music and rural music of the 1950's
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
11.American Culture12.Art/Artists13.Diners, Bowling Alleys, Trailer Parks14.Historical Dictionary of the 1950's/Slang/Idiomatic Phrases15.The Sputnik Legacy16.American Religion
- Chicago-Kent College of Law: This site gives a good quick overview of important American court cases
- U.S. Courts: This lesson plan for a re-enactment of Brown v. Board gives a good overview not only of the case, but of other related cases like Plessy v. Ferguson that relate to it
- PBS: Landmark Cases, Brown v. Board
- History Channel: Brown v. Board
- Our Documents: a government primary source document site
- The Atlantic magazine: How Brown changed America, and ways in which we have NOT changed
- Same topic--the legacy of Brown v Board-- from the Washington Post
17.American Dramatic History18.Witchcraft History
- Religion in Colonial America (Facing History and Ourselves)
- PBS "God in America" timeline about religion in America (see also links on the right)
- Religion in America (this site from Ashland University has a lot of primary source documents)
- Smithsonian article, religious tolerance in America (this article challenges the idea that America has always remained true to the principle of religious tolerance)
- National Humanities Center
- University of Missouri: Witch Hunts before Salem
Last Modified on February 6, 2017