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Early in the year 1692, in the small Massachusetts village of Salem, a collection of girls fell ill, falling victim to hallucinations and seizures. In extremely religious Puritan New England, frightening or surprising occurrences were often attributed to the devil or his cohorts. The unfathomable sickness spurred fears of witchcraft, and it was not long before the girls, and then many other residents of Salem, began to accuse other villagersof consorting with devils and casting spells. Old grudges and jealousies spilled out into the open,fuelingthe atmosphere of hysteria. The Massachusetts government and judicial system, heavily influenced by religion, rolled into action. Within a few weeks, dozens of people were in jail on charges of witchcraft. Bythe time the fever had run its course, in late August 1692, nineteen people (and two dogs) had been convictedand hanged for witchcraft.
Playwright Arthur Miller was born on 17 October 1915 in New York City.
Arther Miller's father owned a garment factory but was ruined financially after the Great Crash of 1929.
Arthur Miller studied at the University of Michigan.
He wrote many great plays including All my Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), which won the Pullitzer Prize, and The Crucible (1953),
Miller also wrote the screenplay of the film version of The Crucible, which featured his son-in-law Daniel Day-Lewis,.
From 1965 to 1968 Arthur Miller was President of the writers' group, PEN and in 1995 he was made Cameron Mackintosh Professor Of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University.
Arthur Miller died on 10 February 2005.
Francis Nurse - A wealthy, influential man in Salem. Nurse is well respected by most people in Salem, but is an enemy of Thomas Putnam and his wife.
Accusations, Confessions, and Legal Proceedings
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