Instances of Mass Hysteria: Witch Trials, Ebola, and the Internment of Japanese Americans Essay

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Emily Parker

The Mass Hysteria

English 3

Mrs. Starling

3A

3-25-2015

Have you ever been a part of a type of " mob mentality"? Well the thing is that type of thinking is used every day and most people don't even know it's happening. The great red white and blue has been guilty of using this type of thinking for decades and the play of "
The Crucible
" is based on one particular mistake made in the 50's.
The
purpose of the play is to educate and display to the reader the hysteria and injustice that can come from a group of people that thinks it's doing the right thing for society which applies to the Ebola Scare, The internment of Japanese citizens during World War II , and "
The Crucible
" by Arthur Miller. The Ebola scare was a good example of a large quantity of people coming to conclusions and discriminating individuals from Africa. The Ebola virus is the most feared virus of our time. What exactly is Ebola? Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever actually named after the River Ebola in Zaire, Africa, where it was first discovered. I came to see that the American people saw every African individual to have Ebola when that was prejudice, hard at work. The internment of Japanese citizens during World War II was yet another example of everyone coming together with emotions clouding their judgement and declaring what the "right thing" is.
Almost 3 centuries after the Salem witch trials, in 1942, the United
States forced the relocation of thousands of Japanese and Japanese descendants who lived on the Pacific coast of the U.S. in internment camps inside of the country In the event of a Japanese invasion of the American mainland, Japanese Americans were

feared as a security risk. After the events of Pearl Harbor the American populace was terrified of the Japanese, and were afraid of a full scale attack coming from the west coast. Six weeks after the attack, public opinion along the Pacific began to turn against
Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an Executive Order 9066 ordering all…