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Joseph Mccarthy

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Megan Riehl

on 18 February 2011

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Joseph Mccarthy “I have here in my hand a list of two hundred and five (people) that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department” This is a famous quote from Joseph Mccarthy The cover of the propganda book Is This Tommorrow? Published in 1947 This is a famous quote from the politician Joseph Mccarthy The Term "Mccarthyism" In other words, it was originally used to describe anti-communist veiws but now is used to describe any type of paranoid searches for infiltration Originally coined to criticize the anti-communist pursuits of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, "McCarthyism" soon took on a broader meaning, describing the excesses of similar efforts. The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations Joseph Mccarthy's accusations Mccarthy emerged on February 9, 1950, claiming he had a list of 205 people in the State Department who were known members of the American Communist Party. The American public went crazy with the thought of communists living within the United States (The quote at the beginning of the presentation) "Communist Infiltration Of The Military?!" In October of 1953 Joseph Mccarthy's down fall finally began... He started to investigate "Communist Infiltration of the military" This was the last straw for the president at that time (Dwight D. Eisenhower) he realized that Mccarthy's movement needed to be stopped. Disscusion Question If a some-what powerful politician started to use a group of people as scapegoats and you weren't a part of that group, would you support the politician? Or would you try to help the accused? sfdg But of course, the term meant different things to different people.
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