McCarthyism: The Red Scare


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Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo stands trial before the HUAC after
being blacklisted as a Communist supporter.

(top) Senator Joseph McCarthy, the man responsible for the
accusations of members of the government and army as Communist
sympathizers.

Political Cartoon
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McCarthy's Accusations



Timeline

1908
Joseph McCarthy is born near Appleton Wisconsin
1946
McCarthy gains Wisconsin Senate seat
1947
House Un-American Activities Commitee (HUAC) formed to dissuade communism by placing known communists on a blacklist. People on the blacklist would not be hired.
1949
Russia tests its first nuclear weapons
February 12, 1950
Senator McCarty first blames Communism in the U.S. for foreign policy problems.
1950
The HUAC proposed six bills which became laws related to Communists. Communist organizations had to register their members and Communists were deprived of passports and
1952
McCarthy reelected, although an investigative commitee had disproved his claims about communists.
early 1950s
the term "red scare" is coined to describe a large-scale panic concerning communist infiltration of the government
1954
McCarthy accuses the army of "coddling" communist suporters.
1954
Hearings are held by Senate, shown on nationwide television broadcasts, discredit McCarthy's claims.
December 1954
McCarthy is officially censured by the U.S. Senate.
1957
McCarthy dies of alcohol-related disease.

Works Cited

"The Cold War at Home" 2007. ABC-CLIO. May 15, 2007. <http://www.americanhistory.abc-clio.com/lessons/topics/topicdisplay.aspx?conceptid=94>

"Lifestyles." 2007. Discovery Education United Streaming. May 16, 2007. <http://www.unitedstreaming.com/search/assetDetail.cfm?guidAssetID=C11EE33C-2084-4465-97B1-9890D969E6BA>