First produced on Broadway on January 22,the play was partly a response to the panic caused by irrational fear of Communism during the Cold War which resulted in the hearings by the House Committee on Unamerican Activities. This is simply not history. The real story is far more complex, dramatic, and interesting - and well worth exploring.
The memorial consists of 20 granite benches surrounded by a low stone wall. Photo by Rebecca Brooks. Each bench is engraved with names of the 20 victims of the Salem Witch Trials along with the date of their execution or death. According to the book The Best of Cutler Anderson Architects, the theme of the memorial is injustice: Silence, Deafness, Persecution and Memory.
To represent silence, they graded and organized the site to emphasize the surrounding tombstones as mute watchers looking into the memorial.
For deafness, they inscribed the historical protests of innocence on the entry threshold and had them slide under the stone wall in mid-sentence.
For persecution, they planted black locust trees, from which the accused believed to have been hanged. For memory, they enscribed the names, dates, and manners of death on stone slabs, which were then cantilevered from the stone wall as benches.
The memorial was built in for the th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials and is the first memorial in Salem dedicated to the witch trials. The city had previously made plans to build a memorial on Gallows Hillwhich was believed to be the site of the witch trials executions until recently, in for the th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials.
Witch hunt essay plans caused a lot of controversy at the time though and ultimately fell through, according to the book A Storm of Witchcraft: It was to take the form of a substantial forty-five-foot-high stone lookout tower placed on Gallows Hill.
The opponents won — the monument was never built. Even two hundred years later, the trials were a political hot potato. But the curious wanderer on the hill will perceive that all the grass, and everything that should nourish man or beast, has been destroyed by this vile and ineradicable weed: For this was the field where superstition won her darkest triumph; the high place where our fathers set up their shame, to the mournful gaze of generations far remote.
The dust of martyrs was beneath our feet. We stood on Gallows Hill…Yet, ere we left the hill, we could not but regret that there is nothing on its barren summit, no relic of old, nor lettered stone of later days, to assist the imagination in appealing to the heart.
We build the memorial column on the height which our fathers made sacred with their blood, poured out in a holy cause. And here, in dark, funereal stone, should rise another monument, sadly commemorative of the errors of an earlier race, and not to be cast down, while the human heart has one infirmity that may result in crime.
InThomas Gannon gave the city a strip of land on Gallows Hill to build a memorial on. The city accepted the gift but never built the memorial. Decades later, in April ofthe Salem Witch Trials Tercentenary Committee was founded to prepare for the th anniversary of the trials in One of the major goals for the committee was to finally build a memorial dedicated to the Salem Witch Trials.
Inthe committee held an international competition to help find a design for the memorial. The official plans for the current Salem Witch Trials Memorial were announced during a ceremony at the Essex Institute on November 14, During the ceremony, playwright Arthur Miller made a speech and read from the last act of his play The Crucible, which was inspired by the Salem Witch Trials.
The granite used to build the memorial came from an abandoned New Hampshire quarry. The memorial was officially dedicated on August 5, At the dedication ceremony, author and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Weisel made a speech explaining how the hatred and injustice that occurred in the Salem Witch Trials still exists today, according to an article in the Washington Post from September, The Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate had come before the markers of the witch memorial to do for the victims of the trials what Lincoln did for the Civil War dead at Gettysburg: Visitors often leave flowers, cards and notes for the victims on their individual benches.
The victims honored at the memorial are:John Hale, the intellectual, naïve witch-hunter, enters the play in Act I when Parris summons him to examine his daughter, Betty.
In an extended commentary on Hale in Act I, Miller describes him as “a tight-skinned, eager-eyed intellectual. This is a beloved errand for him; on being called here. How to write an essay. In the last part of our Guide, we looked at how essays work and discussed the structure and planning of an urbanagricultureinitiative.com you haven’t read it, you should go check that out first.
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