week 1 McCarthyism

week 1 McCarthyism - convictions overturned While it is...

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McCarthyism was a political action that created and investigated accusations of treason. Similar to the dictatorship of Hitler, Stalin, and Saddam, McCarthyism instilled a fear in people. The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was a congressional investigating committee. The House Un-American Committee’s main objective was to investigate subversive activities (Spartacus, 2003). Their activities and the publicity they generated transformed what had initially been a devastating but nonetheless narrowly focused attack on a small political party and its adherents into a wide-ranging campaign that touched almost every aspect of American life. People were accused and convicted even though innocent, only later on were these
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Unformatted text preview: convictions overturned. While it is easy to understand the efforts behind the thoughts of McCarthyism it is also relevant that the idea was not properly controlled. McCarthyism is inappropriate for any time period. The fact that Americans were in fear from recent events made McCarthyism possible, but the Government was responsible for controlling the investigations making sure that the innocent were not convicted. Than allowing things to get so out of hand that neighbors turned on each other with no proof is what makes the McCarthyism era so inappropriate. References Simkin, John. (2003). McCarthyism. Spartucus Educational. Retrieved August 11, 2010 from: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAmccarthyism.htm...
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