When I was going through high school I read a book called The Crucible (it might have been a play – but we read it like a book, unless I actually read an adaptation). I assume that we were encouraged to read it not because of its literary value, but more for its value around understanding McCarthyism which would have been topical for people in the education sector – especially in the U.S.
What made me think about it? Well the book was set in Salem around the time of The Witch trials and was really a commentary on the witch hunt like behaviour of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
It is interesting the things you remember though because every time that I smell anything that even looks like a witch hunt I always think of Salem – of course its not the Salem in Oregon, its the Salem in Massachusetts, but the word association still works.