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Vivian Gonzalez McCarthyism was one of the saddest events of American history It destroyed peoples lives and shattered many families It threw innocent people into a whirlwind of mass confusion and fictional portrayals of their lives McCarthyism spawned for the countrys new found terror of Communism known as the red scare McCarthyism was an extreme version of the red scare a scare whose ends did not justify the means The Red Scare happened twice in the history of this great country When the communist took over Russia in 1919 the American people were unnerved They were afraid of a communist take over in the states When the First World War ended in 1918 there was still an ideological war going on in a very divided United States The red scare was another sort of warone against dissent and nonconformity It changed the psyche and face of the United States as surely as did World War Two Fariello 24 This was a time in American History where panic and terror controlled the lives and the laws of this country Fariello 28 When in 1919 the newly appointed Attorney General A Mitchel Palmer was abruptly awoken from his house by a bomb everyone was seeing red so to speak Instantaneously fingers were being pointed in the immediate direction of the Communist Party The Communist Party had reason good reason to go after Palmer He had used legislation passed in 1917 to deport many communist that were a threat to the American way of life As was clearly seen in the Legislation passed in 1952 The Immigration and Nationality Act tightened previous
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