How did Joseph McCarthy impact US society in the 1950s?
He used television to control and invoke the spread of communism
Joseph McCarthy was a US Senator from Wisconsin during the 1950s and a World War 2 veteran. He made a name for himself by claiming to find Communists throughout the US government and in other important segments of US society. In doing so he fed an unreasoning fear and hysteria that resulted in unjustified persecution of many people.
Who caused panic and paranoia about communist infiltration of the American government in the nineteen fifties?
During the 1950s which of the following individuals claimed that large numbers of communists had infiltrated the US government?
The Crucible is a tale of the Salem witch hunts during the days before the founding of the United States. The story, by playwright Arthur Miller, is an allegory on Joseph McCarthy and the hunt for Communists in the 1950's. The play is intended to convey that McCarthy, like the witch hunters, was persecuting innocent people and profiting from public hysteria. It was later suggested by Soviet archives (and the data of the Venona Project)…
I believe you are talking about Senator Joseph Raymond McCarthy. Unfortunately McCarthy was not anti-communist at all, he was just a pro-McCarthy opportunist taking advantage of the then "red scare" to ruin a lot of mostly innocent people's lives in an attempt to advance his own political career. There have been many "red scares" in US history, each with its own opportunists willing to ruin innocent peoples lives to advance their own.
The McCarthy hearings of the 1950s demonstrated the extreme conservatism that dominated the politics of the time What circumstances allowed McCarthy and conservatism to gain strength during the 1950s?
Most people in the 1950s considered McCarthy a nut. He was from a state that had an open primary. Democrats could vote in the Republican Primary. The Democrats knew they could never defeat Bob LaFollett in a direct election. As a result, the party asked every Democrat in the state to vote for McCarthy in the Republican primary. That way McCarthy became the Republican Senator. McCarthy had no base and would serve one term. Still…
On the surface it is a story of the Salem Witch Trials. What he was really addressing, though, was the McCarthyism of the 1950s. Senator Joseph McCarthy wasn't hunting witches but Communists, whom he said had permeated US culture and government. Arthur Miller is offering social commentary, but in a very subtle manner.