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Throughout the early 1950s the nation was deeply engrossed in fears of a Communist takeover At a time when Americas fears were at their very height Joseph McCarthy a Republican Senator from Wisconsin pushed Americas fears to an extreme As a ploy to get himself re-elected and to make America hate Communism as much as he did the Senator devised a devious scheme McCarthy while giving a speech held up a piece of paper and exclaimed I have here a list of 57 known Communists who are currently employed by the US State Department Fried 89 A few days later McCarthy raised the number of people on the list from 57 to 205 The reaction to McCarthys announcement was absolute panic Until that time the nation had a sense of security Now all peace of mind was lost and America wanted these people that were on McCarthys so called Blacklist Fried 65 So began a long-term search by Congress to seek these individuals One group that was extensively looked at was Hollywood By Joseph McCarthy abusing his powers he not only destroyed many peoples lives but he also wronged the American public To begin with the type of person that Joe McCarthy was must be considered McCarthy was a hard-line Republican who played along strict party lines By all considerations he was an extremist or a reactionary By holding a piece of paper and saying that the enemy who everyone feared was so close McCarthy diminished all thoughts that America was truly safe The actual piece of paper was blank McCarthy had no writing on the paper at all He knew that by telling the people of the US that the enemy was so close he could finally see a war erected against Communism He simply used the peoples ambitions and fears to make a mountain out of a molehill Communism in America before McCarthys debacle was simply a buzzword Everyone knew about it but
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