McCarthyism refers to the anticommunist political repression of the early Cold War. It sticks because of its literary convenience and historical specificity. McCarthyism has many agendas that all lead back to one main goal, to protect the nation against the threat of domestic communism. McCarthyism began in Washington, D.C. and eventually spread to the rest of the country
During the McCarthy era, thousands of Americans were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the entertainment industry, educators and union activists. Suspicions were often given credence despite inconclusive or questionable evidence, and the level of threat posed by a person's real or supposed leftist associations or beliefs was often greatly exaggerated. Many people suffered loss of employment and/or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment. Most of these punishments came about through trial verdicts later overturned
May 31st, 2015
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