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Week 1 Checkpoint: McCarthyism McCarthyism was by definition, “the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, especially of pro-Communist activity, in many instances unsupported by proof or based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence.” (American Psychological Association) McCarthyism changed the way people thought by giving them a lot of false propaganda that many believed and it kind of became a “cult” following. People were out in the world on a daily basis looking for a reason to accuse someone, or just out right accusing because they could. McCarthy was a “mediocre senator and needed something to boost him into the public spotlight to further his career.”(Davidson) People of this time during Truman’s presidency thought that Truman and his staff were becoming “soft” and with this mentality it was the perfect time for McCarthy to strike. Though McCarthy had many holes in his story and could never really produce the so called names he had people’s fears allowed him to feed
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Unformatted text preview: into all they worried about. I think that McCarthy took advantage of the United States citizens by supplying them with false hope that he could make them safer from the communist in this country. He used this fear to propel himself and his people into higher positions in the government. McCarthy to me was nothing but a liar and a user and the father of panic when it comes to America and other countries citizens. For example look at how people reacted to all people who were of Arabic decent after September 11 th . This is the same fear that McCarthy fed into to get him where he wanted to be. References McCarthyism. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 12, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mccarthyism Davidson, J. (Ed.). (2006). Nation of nations: A concise narrative of the American republic (4 th ed., Vol. 2). New York: McGraw-Hill....
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