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During the late 1940s and early 1950s the topic of Communism had initiated to develop as an everyday conversation for all Americans considering the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War In 1952 A man name Joseph McCarthy had been elected to Senator for the state of Wisconsin winning primarily because of his exploits of the issue Communism a system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single often authoritarian party holds power claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people Using his theory of McCarthyism McCarthy began to root out the communism he thought still existed in America at that time He accused people of all occupations including government workers college professors playwrights and Hollywood screenwriters actors artists musicians gays Jews and anyone with a goatee Teaming up with J Edgar Hoover Director of FBI at the time McCarthy would get all his suspects from Hoover tracking down anyone who had been suspected of believing in Communism Sometimes they even made false accusations to attract more attention to McCarthys cause and magnetize more people into believing this was really going on in the American society All of McCarthys accusations were backed up by little evidence and hardly ever proven A numerous amount of jobs and careers were destroyed just by knowing the wrong person or associating with the wrong crowd Many Writers and performers moved to Mexico and Europe to avoid being jailed There was an extreme amount of pressure to avoid controversial subject matter in films on Television or even in books McCarthy made this time period full of secret informants and frightened distrustful people McCarthy created a climate in which a reason gave way to nervous outburst trust to suspicion and friendship to self-preservation During the height of McCarthyism victims were all made to Take the Pledge and answer
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