Ugly History: Witch Hunts

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Guilty until proven innocent? A short video tackles the question of why witch hunts occur by examining the history of these purges and the tests used to identify those suspect of working with the devil.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include the video as part of a unit study of Arthur Miller's The Crucible and/or of McCarthyism
  • Assign groups the task of investigating witch trial tests
Classroom Considerations
  • Preview the video to determine if appropriate for your classes
  • The video ends with a suggested link to a video about McCarthyism
Pros
  • A link offers an opportunity to engage in a simulation of a with hunt
Cons
  • Offers little rationale for why the witch hunts occurred
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