The term "McCarthyism" refers to the practice of accusing others of traitorous activity without proper evidence; it stems from the Second Red Scare period of the United States (1950-1956), during which Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin accused many individuals in government, entertainment, educat
McCarthyism began in earnest with the end of World War II, as alliances ending between the U.S. and the Soviet Union left Americans suspicious of the growing communist presence on American soil. The association of this cultural movement with a Joseph McCarthy began with a speech by the senator on Fe
McCarthyism's direct effects were felt by those whose lives it destroyed, but it also created an atmosphere in which accusations are nearly as good as proof of wrongdoing, an atmosphere that still survives into the modern era. As of 2015, politicians still use "communist" and "socialist" as slurs ag
Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" was his response to the level of fear and over the top reactions that McCarthyism had brought on America in the 1950s. Arthur Miller was called up for questioning by the HUAC, or House of Un-American Acts Committee, in 1956 where he was cited with contempt of Congress
Some key events related to "McCarthyism" in the United States include Joseph McCarthy's rise and fall from power, the inspiration he took from the work of the House Un-American Activities Committee and the “Army-McCarthy” hearings that appeared on national television. McCarthy, a senator from Wiscon
Arthur Miller was affected by McCarthyism in that he was subpoenaed to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, or HUAC, as were many of those in the entertainment industry of the era. His play "The Crucible," though ostensibly about the Salem witch trials, was a veiled condemnatio
McCarthyism's direct effects were felt by those whose lives it destroyed, but it also created an atmosphere in which accusations are nearly as good as proof of wrongdoing, an atmosphere that still... McCarthyism's direct effects were felt by those whose lives it destroyed, but it also created an atm
McCarthyism both reached its peak and began its decline during the “McCarthy hearings”: 36 days of televised investigative hearings led by McCarthy in 1954.
McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. The term refers to U.S. senator Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) and has its origins in the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting from the late 1940s through the 1950s.
Joseph McCarthy Claims Targets. Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy gives a speech in Wheeling, Virginia, dramatically claiming, "I have in my hand a list of 205 cases of individuals who appear to be either card-carrying members or certainly loyal to the Communist Party" within the United States State Department.