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Salem Witch Trials

A guide to resources concerning the Salem Witch Trials at the BPL and beyond.

Very Loosely Based on a True Story

Written in 1953 by playwright Arthur Miller, The Crucible is a heavily fictionalized dramatic depiction of the events of the trials.

Miller made several changes to serve the artistic needs of the story he was writing and also made several possibly unintentional errors. His primary goal in writing the play was for it to serve as an allegory for the anti-Communist crusade of Senator Joseph McCarthy, which was itself called a witch-hunt.

The play became a success and an enduring part of the canon of American drama, and has gone through many adaptations in the past few decades including film, television, theater, and opera.

Resources at the BPL