Now I know it is very easy for anyone to condemn a particular bureau or department in general terms. They used wiretaps and spied on suspected communists giving the information to McCarthy and other anti-communist leaders. Also, the Soviet Union had become a world superpower and had nuclear bombs.
One area they investigated was Hollywood.In one memorable fusillade, the Council for the Army simply asked McCarthy, "At long last, have you no sense of decency left? The more people accused, the scarier it was for America. If a witness refused to testify about past political associations, relying on the First Amendment to the U. Half of Europe was under Joseph Stalin's influence, and every time Americans read their newspapers there seemed to be a new atomic threat. Red Channels reported on possible Communists and they faked information in order to keep their stations alive. He has lighted the spark which is resulting in a moral uprising and will end only when the whole sorry mess of twisted, warped thinkers are swept from the national scene so that we may have a new birth of national honesty and decency in government. Therefore, I would like to cite one rather unusual case--the case of a man who has done much to shape our foreign policy. Other Witch-Hunt Victims Unions were special target of communist hunters. Communism is a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs. If time permitted, it might be well to go into detail about the fact that Hiss was Roosevelt's chief advisor at Yalta when Roosevelt was admittedly in ill health and tired physically and mentally
McCarthy was in the national spotlight. Those who were unfortunate lost their jobs, friends and they were also black listed from their previous jobs In the light of history, however, this is not hard to explain.
By following his life and what shaped McCarthy as an individual, a broader picture is brought into the scope of the cause of his false accusations.In result of this, many people lost jobs, friends, some even had their whole life ruined because of it. The senator changed all that when he delivered a speech in February , in which he leveled allegations that the State Department employed numerous Communists. A few days later, he repeated the charges at a speech in Salt Lake City. However, he used intimidation and gossip to get information. Some of the most famous entertainers in America could not get jobs because of this They wanted the Soviet Union to be portrayed as the enemy in movies and entertainment. This caused the U. This second Red Scare was generally more specific in its victimization, targeting mainly the women's peace movement. Others such as Robert Taft and Richard Nixon, saw him as an asset. This is one of the reasons they are connected to each other. The Manchurian Candidate was a black-and-white American film released in that depicted the Cold War and the effects that paranoia had on the nation. When workers began to strike, many people blamed communism.
The Atomic Era InPresident Truman had ordered background checks of every civilian in service to the government. In this Guardian article, Miller talks about his play, the era which inspired it, and his own experiences with McCarthyism.