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MyCarthyism Kelly Schwebel

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Running head: MYCARTHYISM 1 McCarthyism Kelly Schwebel HIS 135 May 26, 2011 Cynthia Krutsinger
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MYCARTHYISM 2 McCarthyism When Joseph McCarthy , a Republican senator from Wisconsin gave his speech in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1950, he announced that he had a list of 205 Communists in the State Department. The number on the list kept changing from 81, 57, to a lot. No one including Senator McCarthy knew for sure. McCarthy went on to make more accusations even though he had little evidence to prove anything. In the summer of 1950 a senate committee headed by Millard F. Tydings of Maryland concluded that McCarthy was making the accusations up. Because of McCarthy’s accusations thousands of Americans were
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Unformatted text preview: accused of being communists or communist sympathizers and many became subject to an investigation. This started McCarthyism, a wide spread cultural phenomenon that affected all of society and this became a great deal of conflict and debate. For that time period McCarthyism was appropriate. Many people were afraid of communism so this gave the people a reason to strengthen their fears by weeding out potential communist from the government. The way that it was brought about though was not in the best interests of the people....
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