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 The McCarthy Hearings

Senator Joseph McCarthy instilled fear into the minds of the Americans with his anti-
Communist thinking, with his ideals. Senator McCarthy, during 1950-1954, disrupted the United
States with the HUAC ( House of Un-American Activity Committee) Hearings. These hearings brought government workers, college professors, playwrights and Hollywood screen writers, actors, artists, musicians, gays, Jews and anyone with a goatee under suspicion.
Joseph McCarthy was an unknown senator from Wisconsin, who wanted to be in the spotlight. During a speech in West Virginia, Senator McCarthy accused the State Department of being full of Communists. The media immediately centered on McCarthy and his accusations. A
Senate committee was immediately appointed to look at these accusations. The United States was already in the middle of a Communist witch-hunt. It was believed that the recipe for the atomic bomb was stolen by an American communist. With the Communist take over in Russia with Stalin and in China with Mao Tse Tung, the United States was already on the road to being conservative. The Republican Party had control of the Congress. President Truman restarted the
HUAC to stop the fears of the American people .
Investigations were started to look for Communist activities in organized labor, the
Federal government, and especially Hollywood. Hollywood was hit the har...

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that it was common for people to have to take an anti-communist oaths when they were anti-communist.
  • Opines that mccarthyism left its mark on the united states government and its people.
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