Often throughout history, mistakes that had been made repeated themselves over and over. The American Heritage Dictionary defines McCarthyism as the political practice of publicizing accusations of disloyalty or subversion with insufficient regard to evidence. The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a metaphor representing the resemblances between the Salem Witch Trials and accusations of communism during the McCarthyism era. During McCarthyism hearings by Senator Joseph McCarthy, he forced people to give up names of other communist followers and if they refused, they were to be imprisoned. Arthur Miller’s the Crucible had the same tactics of dealing with the supposed witchcraft followers. The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism were both examples of false accusations and public hysteria.