Checkpoint McCarthyism-Josh Ingmire

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Joseph McCarthy was a Republican U.S. senator in the late 40’s and 50’s. He made accusations that there were a number of Soviet spies and communists hiding out in the United States. He convinced many in the American public that there were communist sympathizers all over the U.S., including in the government. The problem was that his claims could not be substantiated and his aim at anti-communism was soon referred to as “McCarthyism”. McCarthyism played a large part in politics at the time, because everyone became afraid of voting for a communist. It also had citizens in fear of having communist friends and
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Unformatted text preview: neighbors. The thought was that anyone could be the enemy, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I think at the time McCarthy had a valid fear of his own. Spies could be everywhere, and they would likely go undetected, but to make such claims with no proof and then to have an entire country gripped by fear was uncalled for and foolish. During this time there was already a panic concerning the Soviets, and McCarthy played on these fears to fuel his political ambitions....
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