In 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls accused several people of the town of being witches. A series of trials ensued, leading to guilty verdicts and the execution of twenty villagers. The events have fascinated people for three centuries, leading to debate, speculation, and historical investigation. In THE CRUCIBLE, famed playwright Arthur Miller wrote about that time, using the events in Salem to reflect the symbolic witch hunts of 1950s America. WITCHCRAFT ON TRIAL compares the historical events with the movie made from the play to help readers understand what happened and why.