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Q: What effect did McCarthyism have on the US in the early 1950's?
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What was McCarthyism in the US during the 1950s?

It was the fear of communism which was started by Senator Joseph McCarthy. He accused 41 military officials of being communists with no proof as well as others. He was forced to resign when people found out that he had lied.

Which us senator rode the wave of cold war hysteria in the US into his personal uncontrolled witch hunt in the early 1950s?

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Is the FBI Terrorist Watch List no different than McCarthyism of the early 1950s?

The primary difference with McCarthyism was that individuals were publicly singled out, by name, and brought before a Congressional Committee formed by J. Edgar Hoover in the 1950s and were accused of being Communist or Communist sympathizers. In today's FBI Terrorist Watch List, individuals are singled out, but not publicly. They do not need to appear before any US government body to prove their innocence. They are not accused of anything but are deemed higher risk individuals. Your point, however, about the similarities between these beliefs (communists vs terrorists) within the US government is appropriate. Neither needed/need much basis for being suspected, and some type of profiling seems to be used then and now. Fear drives both, seemingly.

How did mccarthyism cause paranoia and censorship in the US?

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