The McCarthy Era: Communists in America

The McCarthy Era: Communists in America

by Ann Malaspina
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604137651
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
Milestones in American History Series
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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