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The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and the Salem Witch Trials are two instances of mass hysteria in history. To begin, the United States had never had a communist country near it's borders and with the Soviet Union constructing Nuclear Launch sites in Cuba "the imminent threat of nuclear war had never seamed so near to home"(McConnell 13). In the Salem witch trials the people of Salem had never before dealt with any instances of the devil in their town until this time, when the girls of the town began to claim that they were bewitched. Many of the events in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Salem Witch Trials could have been completely avoided if there had been more honest people at the time. If the girls from Salem had admitted that they were not possessed by Lucifer and that they were just faking it to get back at someone there would never have been the Salem Witch Trials and innocent people would not have been hanged. If the United States, Soviet, and Cuban governments had been honest with each other during and before the Cuban Missile Crisis there is a very strong possibility that none of it would have ever happened. To conclude, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Salem Witch Trials are two obvious events of mass hysteria in history.
The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Salem Witch Trials had very in depth stories on their causes and also on what really happened. The Cuban Missile crisis is the closest the world has ever come to a nuclear war.
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