As we examine The Crucible, we will frequently discuss the idea of mass hysteria and it’s possible role in the Salem Witch Trials. In class we discussed six possible causes for the trails, mass hysteria being one of them. See the podcasts below to listen to two interesting examples of mass hysteria from history!

 

Listen to how over a million people ended up believing that aliens were attacking the earth on October night in 1938 with the hysteria of Orson Welles and the War of the Worlds.

 

Or, listen to how an a French village in 1518 heard the call of Lady GaGa to ‘Just Dance’, and did so until the died with the podcast ‘How the Dancing Plague of 1518 Worked.