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Senator Joseph McCarthy
Transcript of Senator Joseph McCarthy
Hope you learned something! This is Joseph McCarthy. He was a US Senator who was popular in the 1950s after several unproved charges of Communists in high government circles. Joseph Raymond McCarthy was born on November 14, 1908, near Appleton, Wisconsin. Growing up, he was very hyperactive and had a lot of energy. He dropped out of school at 14 and worked on his father's farm for awhile but decided he needed to do something. At 20, he went back to high school and, with a quick mind and retentive memory, he finished all four years of high school in just one year. He went to Marquette University for law after high school. There, he gambled and boxed. He had a desire to be liked and accepted. Soon he'd become the most prominent Democrat in Shawano. His 1939 campaign first showed McCarthy's political instincts and style that were going to make him famous. He was always a bit bolder than most when it came to attacking his opponents. He won elections by making sure people knew him. McCarthy was crazy about being in politics. He did whatever he thought was necessary to get votes. He became a drinker after getting voted into the U.S. Senate and moving to Washington. He became known after defending Hitler's army instead of the U.S.'s after WW2. In February of 1950, McCarthy made a public charge of 205 Communists who had infiltrated the State Department. When testifying before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, he was unable to give the name of a single "card-carrying Communist". He failed to make a plausible case against anyone. But his accusations drove some out of their jobs and brought condemnation to others. Meanwhile, though, less flamboyant government agencies identified and prosecuted cases of Communist infiltration. He also accused Arthur Miller. and other Republican and Democratic leaders. McCarthyism propaganda.