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Master Thesis Year : 2021

Witch Hunts in The United States from the Salem Trials to the #MeToo Movement

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This thesis’ goal is to explore the various responses that Americans have had and still have towards the different witch-hunts their nation has gone through. Here, I am reviewing and analyzing famous witch-hunts in the United States. I am taking into account details, the historical contexts, as well as their resonance in the world. I am highlighting events such as the Salem witch trials of 1692-93, the Red Scare of 1947-54 and the #MeToo Movement that started in 2017. I am also discussing the position of women in society: the general condition of women during the colonial period to explain the Salem witch-hunt, and mostly the evolution of women’s living conditions throughout the centuries, the movement of feminism, including the important women figures who are part of this movement, and I close this part with an examination of intersectionality, in order to prove how women may be victims of numerous discriminations. Finally, I am focusing on the representation of witches and the evolution of those representations. This evolution includes their representation on screen, whether in TV series or movies, as well as in arts and various media.
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hal-03407533 , version 1 (28-10-2021)

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Clara Lopes Marques. Witch Hunts in The United States from the Salem Trials to the #MeToo Movement. Education. 2021. ⟨hal-03407533⟩
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