The McCarthy Era: Communists in America

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As the Cold War began in the late 1940s, dividing the world between communism and democracy, the fear of a Red threat within the United States intensified. Exploiting public anxieties, Joseph R. McCarthy, a little-known senator from Wisconsin, launched his anti-communist crusade in 1950, relying less on facts than on rumor and innuendo to make his charges. Past membership in the Communist Party, friendship with suspected radicals, or buying a leftist newspaper was enough for a person to be blacklisted, fired from...

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Overview

As the Cold War began in the late 1940s, dividing the world between communism and democracy, the fear of a Red threat within the United States intensified. Exploiting public anxieties, Joseph R. McCarthy, a little-known senator from Wisconsin, launched his anti-communist crusade in 1950, relying less on facts than on rumor and innuendo to make his charges. Past membership in the Communist Party, friendship with suspected radicals, or buying a leftist newspaper was enough for a person to be blacklisted, fired from their job, arrested, or even deported. Federal employees, Hollywood actors, public schoolteachers, scientists, and many others were ensnared by the Red Scare. Though the Soviet Union did present a real threat and some American Communists did try to aid the Soviets through spying, McCarthy's disregard for the truth, bullying of witnesses, and trampling of Constitutional rights helped create one of the darkest, most controversial periods in American history.

Milestones in American History chronicles the seminal moments of American history through the words and actions of the people who played significant roles in these events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604137651
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Milestones in American History Series
  • Pages: 134
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Playwright on Trial 1

2 Red Scare 9

3 The Hollywood Ten 23

4 The Senator from Wisconsin 38

5 Conspiracy to Commit Espionage 51

6 The Army-McCarthy Hearings 64

7 Censure 79

8 Can It Happen Again? 92

Chronology and Timeline 106

Notes 109

Bibliography 113

Further Reading 118

Index 121

About the Author 127

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