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What were the McCarthy hearings?


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The McCarthy Hearings were inquiries made by Senator Joseph McCarthy into allegations of Communist subversion and espionage in the U.S. government and defense industries in the early 1950's. This period of intense inquiries was known as McCarthyism


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McCarthy lost all of his supporters, "he had no power" but he was still in the senate.

The Army-McCarthy hearings, held April through June of 1954, initiated the undoing of Senator Joseph McCarthy as far as his political power was concerned. By year's end McCarthy would be censured by the Senate and completely void of influence.

Because McCarthy had a phat ole boner on television.

led to the discrediting of Senator McCarthy and his condemnation by the Senate

The McCarthy hearings influenced the writing of Arthur Miller.

mccarthy claimed that the us army was full of communists

McCarthy claimed that the U.S. Army was full of communists.

The Army-McCarthy Hearings of 1954 led to Sen Joseph McCarthy's massive loss of popularity and his later censure.The hearings were an offshoot of McCarthy's campaigns to uncover subversives in government operations, with his attacks on the U.S. Army leading to the first televised government hearings in U.S. history, the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954.Airing on national television from April 22 and June 17, 1954, for 188 hours of broadcast time in front of 22 million viewers. McCarthy’s frequent interruptions and his calls of "point of order" made him the object of national ridicule.On June 9, the hearings reached their moment of greatest drama, when Army Counsel Joseph Welch told McCarthy " I think I never really gauged your cruelty, or your recklessness. .... Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"The gallery broke into applause and two weeks later the hearings came to an inconclusive finish.

Senator Joseph McCarthy was famous for the hearings he held into alleged Communist infiltration into American society, including the government and Hollywood. His hearings ruined a lot of lives, and he was ruthless in dealing with witnesses. Edward R. Murrow was a reporter who saw the damage McCarthy was doing and had the courage to cover the story in order to reveal McCarthy for the demagogue he was. (For another good movie on the damage McCarthy's hearings did, watch The Front, in which Woody Allen plays a writer who fronts for TV and movie writers who were blacklisted.)

In 1956 Arthur Miller was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee while trying to obtain a passport. During the hearings he was convicted of contempt of Congress.

Anyone who seemed abnormal to society or refused to conform to the materialistic, superficial living which prevailed at that time.

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