Prejudice and Fear in America during the 1880s and 1950s
The Miracle Worker was written in the United States during the late 1950s, which was the beginning of a period of change in American society. The country had just witnessed the paranoia of the McCarthy hearings, during which many theatre artists were charged with participating in "un-American" activities, or simply accused of being Communists. The mid-to late 1950s also witnessed the beginning of the Civil Rights movement in the southern U.S.,...
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