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The McCarthy Era

The McCarthy Era by Ann Malaspina
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As the cold war began in the late 1940s, the fear of a Red threat within the United States intensified. Exploiting the public anxieties, Joseph R. McCarthy, a little-known senator from Wisconsin, launched his anti-communist crusade in 1950. Past membership in the Communist Party, friendship with suspected radicals, or buying a leftist newspaper was enough for a person to be blacklisted, fired from their job, arrested, or even deported. Federal employees, Hollywood actors, public schoolteachers, scientists, and many others were ensnared by the Red Scare. Though the Soviet Union did present a real threat and some American Communists did try to aid the Soviets through spying, McCarthy's disregard for the truth, bullying of witnesses, and trampling of Constitutional rights helped create one of the darkest, most controversial periods in American history. The McCarthy Era examines the influences, events, and repercussions of the period, giving readers a vivid sense of this time in history.
Infobase Publishing; August 2011
135 pages; ISBN 9781438138121
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Title: The McCarthy Era
Author: Ann Malaspina