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Witchcraft and Mc Carthysm

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The Hollywood Ten

Mc Carthysm

The witch


Witch definition

  • A woman who practices the dark art, or magic. She is considered to possess supernatural or magical power by a pact with an evil spirit, in particular, with the devil

What is witch?

Witch Symbol

It is said that witches have excellent knowledge of herbs and plants.

Witches are particularly known for their practice of witchcraft and their magical power. It is said that in the Middle Ages they where the cause of mysterious deaths of children, crop failures and the loss of liverstock.

It is also said that witches prepare potions with a cauldron in which witches put all kinds of ingredients.

Puritanism, a religious reform movement in the late 16th and 17th centuries which sought to "purify" the Church of England. The Puritans distinguished themselves in the seventeenth century by a spirit of moral and religious seriousness which influenced their whole way of life, and they sought, by the reform of the Church, to make their way of life the model of all the nation.



-trict moral code

-concept of prédestination

-forest a place of devil

-spiritual meaning is really important


-public shame






what was forbiden:

-physical and social pleasure



-pact with devil

Witch hunt

The infamous Salem Witch Trials began in the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls from the village of Salem, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. As a wave of hysteria swept through colonial Massachusetts, a special court convened in Salem to hear the cases.

Following the accusations, many innocent lives were taken. Although some were tried and acquitted, many were executed.


Modern Witch hunt

In the Republic of Benin, the country’s government has used people’s fears of witchcraft to explain why some people do better than others. According to many legends, a baby that is not born head-first and with its face upwards is considered to be a witch. The so-called baby witches have been blamed for poor agricultural seasons or illnesses. Many babies are abandoned or killed.

Mc Carthysm

Mc Carthysm


The McCarthyism also known as "Red Scare" is a mouvement appeared in the United States in 1950's, during over a decate a extreme anti-Communist movement arrived. McCarthyim is synonymous with the term witch hunt, the act of making serious but unfounded accusations against people public life.

Joseph Raymond McCarthy is the leader of McCarthyism mouvement, he was born in 1908 near appleton and died in 1957, He is American politician who served in the U.S senate . He dominated the American political climate in the early 1950s with his sensational but unproven accusations of communist subversion in high government circles.

There were many innocent victims of McCarthyism and hundreds were imprisoned, McCarthyim destroy thousand of life, lots of victims were blacklisted including several actors, authors, civil rights activists and physicists.

Hollywood Ten

Brief presentation:

In October 1947, 10 members of the Hollywood motion picture industry publicly denounced the tactics employed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives, during its investigation into alleged communist influence in American cinema. business.

Herbert J. Biberman was an American screenwriter and film director.

Lester Cole was an American screenwitter.

Edward Dmytryk was a Canadian-born American film director.

Ringgold Wilmer Lardner Jr was an American journalist and screenwriter.

John Howard Lawson was an American writer, specializing in plays and screenplays.

Their defiant stances also placed them at the center of a national debate over the controversial anti-Communist repression that swept the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Besides the Hollywood Ten, other members of the he film industry with alleged ties to communism was then banned from working for major film studios. The Hollywood blacklist ended in the 1960s.

Albert Maltzwas an American playwright, fiction writer and screenwriter.

Samuel Badisch Ornitz was an American screenwriter and novelist from New York City

Robert Adrian Scott was an American screenwriter and film producer.

James Dalton Trumbo was an American screenwriter.

Alvah Cecil Bessie was an American novelist, journalist and screenwriter.