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Joseph Mccarthy And Communism

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“I have here in my hand a list of 205 people that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department” (Joseph McCarthy). Joseph R. Mccarthy was junior senator of Wisconsin from 1947-1957. He quickly took it upon himself to “rid” the United States of all communists that had any association with the Soviet Union in the midst of the Cold War. McCarthy accused thousands of people as being “communists”. Once accused, these people lost their jobs, their homes, their friends and, in extreme cases, their lives. The country turned itself inside out with fear. But how did McCarthy gain so much power? McCarthy ruled through tactics of fear, manipulation and punishment.…show more content…
“During the McCarthy era, most people were afraid to speak out”. (from the reader). People were afraid to say anything due to the fear that McCarthy might accuse them of communism. Government officials became cowardly during these dark times. People were so scared that they began to turn on their acquaintances. Citizens would report their own neighbors about suspicious “communist”
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