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McCarthy’s vicious antics in the early 1950s ensured that his name forever entered the English lexicon in the form of “McCarthyism” to refer to political witch-hunts – demagogic attacks on the character of opponents and accusations of treason or disloyalty without sufficient regard for evidence.


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 Raymond McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in the United States in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion.


1947 Cold War Rises Tension His Time as Senate 1954 Public Stops Supporting Him The End of the McCarthyism Era Bibliography Joseph McCarthy accuses the army of espionage, accusing members of being communists/ spies. First Accusation Joseph accuses espionage at Fort Monmouth.


Additional Links. Back to the 1950s. Senator Joseph McCarthy, McCarthyism, and The Witch Hunt. On November 14, 1908, Joseph McCarthy was born into a Roman Catholic family as the fifth of nine children in Appleton, Wisconsin.


Miller uses the 17th-century witch hunts to parallel the public fear and hasty accusation that characterized the early 1950s. In this Guardian article, Miller talks about his play, the era which inspired it, and his own experiences with McCarthyism.


McCarthy's Witch Hunt. Joseph McCarthy was a relatively unknown senator from Wisconsin nearing the end of his first term in 1950. He had penchant for the spotlight and was searching for an issue to latch onto to pump up his reelection campaign.


The McCarthy Era Communist Witch-Hunts. Although the United States and the Soviet Union were WWII allies against the Nazis, many in America were deeply suspicious of the Communist country. As the tensions of the Cold War deepened, fear of Communism reached its peak in the early 1950s.


The Biggest Communist Witch Hunt In History? The 1950s saw the rise of Senator Joe McCarthy and his notorious scourge of 'subersive' American citizens at the height of the Red Scare.


In February 1950, appearing at the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club in Wheeling, West Virginia, McCarthy gave a speech that propelled him into the national spotlight. Waving a piece of paper ...