Anti-communism and McCarthyism
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The paper describes how Senator Joseph McCarthy initiated a nationwide campaign which aimed to eradicate individuals who were suspected to be spies and those who had ties to communism. The paper discusses how McCarthyism played a principal part in the overall modification of the way American citizens regarded political affairs and the social order, and asserts that the bogus attempt to name individuals as conspirators against the United States has cast a dim shadow on the history of the country.
From the Paper:"Joseph McCarthy represented the state of Wisconsin as a United States senator beginning in 1946 and throughout the next 11 years until he died in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy initiated a nationwide campaign which aimed to eradicate individuals who were suspected to be spies and those who had ties to communism. His efforts to remove these individuals from American society continued throughout 1954. McCarthy implemented ruthless and cruel tactics to obtain information from his witnesses. He used erroneous data and accused individuals by using unproven information in an effort to prosecute them for acts they had not committed. His deplorable actions created a hostile nationwide atmosphere. Individuals who had once been known for their upstanding service to the country lost the respect of American citizens and the overall character of the country suffered an immense decline in the eyes of overseas nations."
Sample of Sources Used:
- US Department of State. (n.d.). The Truman Doctrine, 1947. U.S. Department of State. Retrieved February 21, 2010, from http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/cwr/82210.htm
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