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Group #4: McCarthyism

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Jordan Scurti

on 6 September 2012

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Transcript of Group #4: McCarthyism

McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. This term took place during a period of time called The Second Red Scare, which was characterized by heightened fears of Communist influence on American institutions and espionage by soviet agents. What was McCarthyism, or The Second Red Scare? The target was mostly the Russian party. Who was the target of this movement? Joseph McCarthy was a Republican Senator from Wisconsin that lived from 1947-1957. He and his wife made aggressive accusations and witch hunts against suspected Communists in the U.S. government. He played a major role in the anti-communist movement. Who was Joseph McCarthy? During a speech on Feb 9, 1950 McCarthy claimed to have a list of communists working in the State Department. At the time, communism was a growing concern in the US. To continue his time in the spotlight, fighting Communism became a crusade. Therfore, I think he did it because it was going to happen anyway. Why do you think McCarthy began persecuting Communists? On December 2, the Senate voted to censure Joseph McCarthy by a margin of 67 to 22. Joseph was later driven to depression and resorted to alcohol, which worsened his health. On May 2, 1957, McCarthy died from acute hepatitis and was buried in Appleton, Michigan. What eventually became of Joseph McCarthy? McCarthy and his wife were accused of being Communists, or Communist sympathizers. How was the persecution of McCarthyism carried out? The people that were blacklisted could no longer continue working for their employers and could never return to their previous career. What happened to people who were Blacklisted by the HUAC? Those brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee could choose to speak in their defense or not. What options did people called before the HUAC have? What were the consequences of each course of action? If someone kept it hidden, they would get fired from their workplace. Roughly ten thousand people lost their jobs. Over the next few years, people were finding it harder to get a job, because once they were fired, they couldn't ever return.
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