Mccarythism (Sentence Outline)

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McCarthyism I. McCarthyism is defined as 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. A. McCarthyism’s main origin is of a man named Joseph McCarthy, a farm boy turned major political influence. Said to be “A remarkably bright young man, very determined and ‘never wrong’”, he climbed the ladder of political success and was a major part of America’s early history, especially the 1950’s Red Scare. 1. The Red Scare was a period in which many Americans feared that communism would thrive, and the capitalist system in the United States would be threatened. (1947-1957) 2. This was a fragile time for Americans, having just ended one war, and then thrusting into a new one. The fear of Communism has always somewhat paralyzed Americans, except this second Red Scare was particularly fueled by Senator Joseph McCarthy. B. McCarthy’s reasons for his accusations were that he had proof that citizens of the U.S. were in fact members of the Communist party. II. The key participants in McCarthy’s “Witch Hunt” included Senator Pat Mcarran, Roy Cohn and Alfred Kohlberg. These individuals and his staff members were the ones responsible for keeping his “cause” alive. A. Starting in 1953, Senator McCarthy’s key aid was another young senator by the name of Roy Cohn. He assisted him in finding and interrogating “Un-American” citizens of the U.S and protected McCarthy from Semitism, because he was Jewish. B. Alfred Kohlberg was a former FBI agent, who used his past as a key to compiling information about the communist party and any and all connections it had with the U.S. His ability to give this information to McCarthy was a key component in his investigations. III. Senator McCarthy, while giving a speech in West Virginia,
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