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Book Club: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Date(s) - Wednesday, January 9th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Jewish Museum Milwaukee


Learn about the allegorical references in Arthur Miller’s 1953 iconic play The Crucible with the Coalition for Jewish Learning and Jewish Museum Milwaukee.

The Crucible is a story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the seventeenth-century. Based on historical people and real events, Miller’s drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria. In the rigid theocracy of Salem, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town’s most basic fears and suspicions; and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch, self-righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial. The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminate the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence.

Miller wrote the play as an allegory to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy‘s “witch-hunts” in the United States. Miller himself was questioned by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.

Museum Members FREE | LOMED Educators FREE | Non-members $5
Doors Open at 6:00 pm | Free Parking

A LOMED (Learning Opportunity for Milwaukee Educators) program sponsored by the Coalition for Jewish Learning. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 12, 2018 – February 10, 2019.

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