Joseph McCarthy Essays

  • Enemies From Within Speech Analysis

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    Wheeling, West Virginia in 1950 by Senator Joseph McCarthy focused on worsening that national fear. Senator McCarthy used ethos, metaphor, and hyperbole to create the notion of disloyalty within the federal government. In order to persuade the American public in a convincing way, Senator McCarthy appeals to their ethics. He indirectly inserts an Abraham Lincoln quote in his speech and refers to him as “one of our outstanding historical figures.” McCarthy continues to mention Lincoln, stating that

  • Eloise In Moscow Book Summary

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    all areas of society and resulted in paranoia throughout the United States, exemplified through both actions and events. The McCarthy hearings, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, capitalized on the overwhelming hysteria encapsulating the United States when McCarthy claimed he had the names of communists in the government. Built on a series of lies and exaggerations, McCarthy proceeded to interrogate innocent government officials and

  • Comparing Joseph Mccarthy's Communism And The Red Scare

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    senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, exemplified McCarthyism and the Red Scare by presenting a list of more than two hundred State Department employees that had been a Communist. Going into the Cold War between the Soviet Union and The United States had been a heated time for politicians named a communist; a near equivalent to being called a witch in Salem, Virginia. The biggest accuser who rose to power by targeting and belittling the Democrats in office, was Joseph McCarthy. He preached against

  • Red Scare Anti Communism

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    idea of having a restrictive leader produced fear amongst citizens, creating a sense of distrust towards neighbors or officials that might support such a faction; this anti-communism movement was known as the Red Scare. Spearheaded by Senator Joseph McCarthy, the domestic war-on-communism reached an extreme, one that took away the freedoms of this nation’s people. Americans sacrificed civil liberties and privacy in an effort to deter the totalitarian wave from taking root in their country. During

  • The Manchurian Candidate: Film Analysis

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    1The McCarthy Era was a period of the Cold War when fear of communism in America was at an all-time high. These tensions were exacerbated by the man this era is named for, Senator Joseph McCarthy. Senator McCarthy was known for throwing around unsubstantiated claims related to communists in the government and this only intensified the fear of communism for ordinary Americans. This panic led to Americans looking for someone to blame. One group that came under heavy fire were women, more specifically

  • How Did Mccarthyism Impact Politics

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    legislative actions, and through the rise of Nixon. Politicians and political groups were able to run on claims without evidence, a core principle of McCarthyism. On February 9, 1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy first grabbed the attention of the public by claiming that he had a list of 57 cases of Communism. McCarthy had no actual evidence to

  • Similarities Between Mccarthyism And The Crucible

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    McCarthyism and The Crucible “It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God 's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it…it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride (Miller).” This may not have been an actual quote from someone during the Salem witch trials, but this quote is not just about the trials that occurred in the 1600s. This quote from the Reverend John Hale, was also about the trails

  • Good Night And Good Luck Film Analysis

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    Edward Murrow and the television crew of ‘See It Now’, a programme broadcasted by CBS in the 1950s. Murrow and the crew are determined to confront the anti-communist command of the Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy. Throughout the film, the CBS team work in an effort to dismantle the views of McCarthy and prevent the spread of McCarthyism in the U.S. The film was written by George Clooney and Grant Heslov and was released in the U.S in October 2005. Clooney also directed the film, which is fitting

  • A Film Analysis Of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

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    Hitchcock uses Rear Window to examine the U.S.’s global Cold War strategy. The films use of many paranoia scenes such as when L.B. Jefferies discovered Thorwald making many late-night trips and noticing the missing wedding ring of Mrs. Thorwald encourages viewers to consider the post-war anxieties and personal surveillance of politics in the construction of the U.S’ s ideas about the world and possible consequences. In the film, L.B Jefferies, the protagonist, spies on the insides of many nearby

  • Bless Me Ultima ': An Analysis Of Mob Mentality'

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    Mob Mentality Mob mentality is how people are influenced by others to adopt certain behaviors. Mob mentality works, because when people are in a group, they lose their sense of being a separate individual and become deindividualized. As a result, people may participate in activities they typically do not participate in as individuals. For example, when people applause for a performance, others join in due to the fear of being left out. So when they do clap, they feel that they are part of the

  • Arthur Miller Influence On The Crucible

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    At the time, McCarthy was a first-term senator from Wisconsin who had won election in 1946 after a campaign in which he criticized his opponent’s failure to enlist during World War II while emphasizing his own wartime heroics. There were fears of a nuclear holocaust based on the knowledge that the Soviet Union exploded its first A-bomb in 1949. That same year, China, the world 's most populous nation, became communist. Half of Europe was under Joseph Stalin 's influence, and every

  • Comparing Communism In The Crucible And Inherit The Wind

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    of Islam. Donald Trump, the current top Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential election, has a major influence over the viewpoints of Americans. Just like how Joseph McCarthy inspired an unfounded fear of Communism, Donald Trump pressures Americans to fear and discriminate against all Muslims. Donald Trump, Joseph McCarthy, the town of Salem, and the town of Hillsboro all have their Christian religion in common. Thomas Paine expresses his opinion on Christianity when he says, “There are matters

  • Allegory In The Crucible

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    Charles Maurice de Talleyrand once stated, “Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.” Allegory has been a method of writing used by authors for decades. It is viewed as a way an author can express his or her feelings or opinions on various topics without explicitly giving away the deeper meaning in black and white. An author can write his or her thoughts, while disguising the specific issue through literary elements. Arthur Miller, author of The Crucible (1950), used just this technique

  • A Decade Of Fear Summary

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    Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin believed communism was the most daunting threat to the American government at the time. Moreover, most Americans had only heard of communism, but were generally unaware of the topic until McCarthy preached his opinions. After his speech to the Republican National Convention in 1952, American citizens suddenly felt a responsibility to rid

  • A Decade Of Fear Analysis

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    Sam Robert, in the article, A Decade of Fear argues that mccarthyism turned americans against each other. Robert supports his claim by illustrating fear, describing betrayal, and comparing it to other United States internal conflicts. The author's purpose is to point out a vulnerable period in american history in order to demonstrate that americans felt prey to mccarthyism negative propaganda. The author writes in a reflective tone for and educated audience. I strongly agree with Roberts claim.Mccarthyism

  • Compare And Contrast The Red Scare And Joseph Mccarthyism

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    an anti-Communist movement swept the United States of America. Fueled by the anti-Communist actions of Congress, particularly a Senator from Wisconsin by the name of Joseph McCarthy, the movement escalated and many people lost their jobs as a result of various blacklists. Congressional hearings, both in front of HUAC and McCarthy Senate committee were a study in organized persecution. The actions taken during the "Red Scare" were eventually given the general name McCarthyism. McCarthyism is the

  • Mccarthyism In The Crucible

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    The Second Red Scare, which took place from the 1940s through 1950s, was instigated by Wisconsin senator Joseph Mccarthy when he claimed in a speech that 205 communists had infiltrated the State Department. Mccarthyism resulted from a group panic over fear of Communism, and the ulterior motives of influential conservative figures, who hoped to limit liberals’ influence. Hundreds of Hollywood artists were accused of harboring Communist sympathies. Among the people implicated was Arthur Miller, whose

  • Character Analysis: Bless Me, Ultima

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    a horrible witch. In their remote New Mexican village, insiders stick together and gang up against the weak and diverse, the same way strong women have faced persecution, the US government removed thousands of Japanese-Americans, and as Senator McCarthy and his followers scoured for Communists. Cico offers insight, revealing, “people… seem to want to hurt each

  • Social Commentary Of Arther Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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    Death of a Salesman is an American play written by author, Arther Miller. Debuting on Broadway in 1949, the play is a recipient of numerous awards. It is also widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century. Death of a Salesman is not simply a play. Death of a Salesman is a brilliant, thoughtful piece of social commentary meant to convey the consequences of pursuing the American dream. Millers play explores a forever changing America and the trials of adapting to the times. His critique

  • Goodnight And Good Luck Mccarthyism Analysis

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    Throughout the film, various themes become evident; the most obvious of themes as mentioned was McCarthyism. McCarthy used the power of media to intensify the “Red Scare”, to the point that individuals began to question and judge anyone who they believed to be a communist whether they were or not. Although McCarthyism ended, it left many jobless, due to accusations of communism, “ ten thousand Americans lost their jobs because of their past or present affiliation with the Communist party”. Lastly