Dylan Roscover... again. 3rd hour AP Lingo Sunday 24th September 2006 Delamar, Gloria.

"Witch-Hunt in Philadelphia." 2002. 1. Witch-Hunt in Philadelphia discusses the witch-hunting mentality that existed around two hundred years ago in the United States and that it has continued to this day, regardless of morality or law. In 1787 a witch hunt took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which led to the death of a poor, old, innocent woman. The local paper barely covered the story and the the city government took no action whatsoever to prevent it, despite her pleads for protection from them. The most ironic part of this piece is how the witch-hunt occurred circa the drafting of the constitution, at a time when supposedly freedom was flourishing along with the right to a fair trial and protection under the law. This essay is aimed at those who are misunderstood and independent of herd instinct: the victims, the "witches," if you will, of the status quo of the United States. It's purpose is to inform these victims that these "hunts" still take place, and that history has, if nothing else, just repeated itself over and over, and that modern victims must keep their eyes open for the hunters. 2. The main idea of Witch-Hunt in Philadelphia is that the witch-hunting mentality has and continues to exist in the United States, regardless of time period. The piece uses a specific example from 1787 in which an old lady was murdered with false accusations of being a "witch." Though the act was condemned by the media, it was not prevented by law nor punished as a crime. The author goes on to list the Ku Klux Klan, Joseph McCarthy, various cross-burnings and political campaigns as alternative examples for this mentality. 3. Witch-Hunt in Philadelphia is organized in a chronological fashion, starting with the oldest example, thirteenth-century europe, and then the 1787 Philadelphia case with the old lady. It then moves on to the post Civil War south, mid-twentieth century, and finally present-day political campaigns. All of the post cases are related to the first one, the witch hunt, as parallels. This contributes proof to the piece that the concept of the witch-hunting mentality is timeless, not just. 4. Witch-Hunt in Philadelphia is written like a big constitution. Using words like "appealed," "delegates," "charges," "testify," and so forth makes for lots of dry, simple legal jargon. The purpose for this is of course to recognize one of the author's strong

desires: to have legal protection for those who are misunderstood and different from the status quo. Many news-story quotes are used, making this essay all the more bland, due to the grave neutrality of all news. 5. Witch-Hunt in Philadelphia uses a tone of disappointment with both the United States government and it's citizens – the author is ashamed of the founding fathers for not preventing this sort of thing, along with the people who killed the old lady in 1787 for doing what they did. The author expresses no hope whatsoever, nor solution, for this problem, aside from simply keeping an eye out for the haters.