Joseph McCarthy held congressional hearings in which he often used affiliation and hearsay to accuse people of being communists and a threat to the United States. What was unknown at the time was that while his methods were often distasteful and abusive—and possibly illegal—he did successfully identify some dangerous communists. Do you think he should be considered a patriot or not? Why? I do not feel that Joseph McCarthy should be considered a patriot.
Miller wanted to write about his experiences. But how well would that look if he wrote a play about communism when he was not communist. The Crucible toke place in the late 1600’s. The Crucible was about the Salem Witch Trials (4). Arthur Miller used his own experiences with McCarthyism to write the play The Crucible.
One person Gompers did not want to associate with was the socialist leader Eugene Debs. In 1907, the AFL created strong links with the Democratic Party. However, many believed that the AFL was too moderate and did not support the unskilled workers. This led to the formation of the IWW. Most Americans feared socialism; they linked it to trade unions, mass immigration and anarchy.
He describes how the Liberals failed to defend Ignatieff against the flurry of ads driven by Stephen Harper that painted Ignatieff as an outsider, a mere visitor. It is further valuable because the author, Newman, writes from first hand experience in dealing and talking with Ignatieff. The author comes from an extensive background in politics as a journalist and editor. The book is, however, limited in that there is blatant exaggeration prevalent throughout the book
Yet many of these novels are unjustly banned for reasons that may not be faulty at all. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain, has been banned across the nations for fairly unjust reasons regarding its language, yet those who wish to ban this novel do not take into consideration the historical accuracy and the main purpose of the language throughout the
Jason Campanile 4/8/11 Hist 400w Analytical Book Review Book Review of Resisting McCarthyism: To Sign or Not to Sign California’s Loyalty Oath McCarthyism in America included an era of suspicion, distrust and betrayal. During no other time period in the 20th century has so many of the basic democratic values of America been under threat. Many Americans found no hope in trying to stand up to the scrutiny they were put under during this time. With their jobs and careers on the line, most succumbed to the paranoia that forced them to give up their basic constitutional rights. Very few stood up to the McCarthy era’s witch hunts.
Banned Book Research Project: 1984 George Orwell has a few controversial, or challenged, novels, such as Animal Farm, but his work, 1984 in particular has left us with a few strange impressions, as well as food for thought. The main idea of 1984 surrounds the idea of communism; however there is more to the story in the eyes of many all over the world. There could have been anything that could have upset someone enough to have a school ban this book, as well as many others. With this in mind, there are three main reasons for the banning of George Orwell’s 1984. The first and obvious reason is that the book takes place in a pro-communist setting.
However, it very rarely comes with the society in mind. The Communist Manifesto states that if we abolish classes, then the idea of working for own gain will also disappear. Unfortunately, men, as thousands of years of history have shown, are quite selfish. As good as the idea of everyone working for the prosperity of society sounds, it is close to impossible because of laziness and selfishness. There is always a person who is lazy or selfish in a larger group of people.
That one could love America yet dissent from the policies of the particular government of the moment, that one could be against a war on Vietnam without being pro-Communist or pro-North Vietnamese, was lost to many in the political passions of the time. Similarly in the McCarthyism witch-hunts of the Fifties, people who dissented from McCarthy's excesses were accused by him, and many others, of being anti-American and pro-Communist, as if McCarthy and America were identical. So with Socrates. His attacks on the current democratic regime were mistaken for attacks on democracy as such and confused with disloyalty. His friendships with traitors and anti-democrats made this mistake almost impossible to
In Nazi Germany many members of the party that were simply civilians were unaware of the terrible fate that had awaited their Jewish neighbors and friends. Even members of the army, some as high up as generals, were unaware of the terrible crimes being committed--if they are to be believed. The question that faced prosecutors and juries at many war crime trials was this: is ignorance an excuse for participating in the Nazi party and army when their government was killing millions of people? Answers vary according to different situations but for the majority of people, especially those high in the chain of command, the answer should be no. Ignorance is not an excuse for participation when information was available.