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Play Summary

The Crucible: Summary and Author Notes from Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Plot Summary from Internet Movie Database

Playwright Arthur Miller, 1966
Playwright Arthur Miller, 1966

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Biography and Other Resources

Arthur Miller Biography from the National Endowment for the Arts

Read Arthur Miller's Why I Wrote The Crucible (The New Yorker, April 21, 1966

Salem Witchcraft Trials (1692) from Famous American Trials, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law


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See a 2013 performance of the play from WilliamsTheatre at Williams College posted on YouTube

The Crucible Audiobook on YouTube has an audio version of the entire play.

Trailer from the 1996 film The Crucible starring Daniel Day Lewis, Winona Ryder and Joan Allen
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Which of You is a Witch? The Salem Witchcraft Trials and the Crucible from National Teacher Training Institute, Channel 13, New York City

Kazan, Miller and the McCarthy Era from American Masters, WGBY, Channel 57, Springfield, Massachusetts

Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's The Crucible from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Historical Connections


McCarthy-Army Hearings, 1954
McCarthy-Army Hearings, 1954

Salem Witch Trials
external image Potential_rotating_charge.gifGo to Grade 5.11 on resourcesforhistoryteachers for material on the Salem Witch Trials including a timeline, primary source materials and other resources.

Salem Witch Trials: Facts & History from the blog History of Massachusetts




McCarthy Hearings
external image Potential_rotating_charge.gifGo to United States History II.24 for material on the origins and consequences of McCarthyism