UNIT 22 NOTES

UNIT 22 NOTES - Introduction to Journalism Dr Fred Blevens...

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1 Introduction to Journalism Dr. Fred Blevens Unit 22: McCarthyism & Cold War Context of Cold War Reminiscent of today Powerful forces policing debate, thought Calling out those outside the bounds People guilty until proven innocent Only those policing thought could clear you A platform and mean streak can destroy people Anyone outside called a communist Non-responsive means you’re guilty Implications . . . Lose your job Lose your family Lose your friends How Big Was the Threat? No attacks inside the United States CPUSA had 100,000 members By 1950, communism had peaked Even so, opportunists stoked the nation’s fears Problem was “objectivity” in reporting HUAC House Un-American Activities Commission Originally established in 1937 by Democrat Martin Dies Originally probed left- and right-wing groups It refused, however, to investigate the Ku Klux Klan It turned to the American Communist Party Said commies had infiltrated Federal Writers Project Said commies were all over New Deal projects
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