The Red Scare: A Case Of Mass Hysteria In The United States

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Have you ever been caught in a time where there was a case of mass hysteria and it had affected many people? Hysteria is an exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people. This is seen threw out many times in history. As shown in the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States intensified in the late 1940s and early 1950s, hysteria over the perceived threat posed by Communists in the U.S. this became known as the Red Scare.

The Red Scare lasted from 1947 to 1957. The Red Scare was a fear driven phenomenon brought on by the growing power of communist countries in the wake of the Second World War. Most significantly the Soviet Union was feared because of their major role in the communist party. Many in the U.S. feared that the Soviet Union and its allies were planning to forcefully spread communism around the globe. By overthrowing both democratic and capitalist countries as it went. With the Soviet Union occupying much of Eastern and Central Europe, many in the U.S. perceived their fears of communist expansionism as confirmed. The U.S. also feared that communist agents had infiltrated the federal government. A massive suspicion broke out on who was a part of the …show more content…

Senator Joseph McCarthy fed the increasing panic, using unfounded rumors and intimidation to gain popularity as a potent government figure. With this newfound fame and influence, McCarthy denounced numerous public figures as being communist supporters. His victims included government officials, celebrities, intellectuals, and anyone else opposed to his view point. Most people accused by McCarthy were innocent, but many lost their reputation, and often their employment. People later came to realize that his accusations were false and McCarthy soon after died. The term “McCarthyism” has an everlasting connection with the Red Scare and persecution of the

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