Joseph McCarthy. “The Man behind the Man”. Witch Hunt. “Witch hunt”- refers to any search for a scapegoat who can be blamed for all the ills of society and whose removal will eliminate the problems. McCarthyism.
“The Man behind the Man”
Demagogue-A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power. (McCarthy was a demagogue.)
Censure-To find fault with and criticize as blameworthy. (In late 1954, the Senate censured McCarthy.)
Born Nov. 14, 1908 on a farm in Wisconsin.
Attended Marquette University
Graduated, and became a lawyer/ wasn’t successful (go figure!), boosted his income by playing poker.
Judge McCarthy treated first offenders with leniency and expedited divorce cases.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court criticized Judge McCarthy for destroying a court record in 1941.
“Joe was full of vitality, piss, and vinegar. He opened the courtroom windows and let a little fresh air in.”
-Francis Werner, (advisor to McCarthy’s circuit court judge campaign, 1939)
McCarthy joined the Marines during World War II.
Promoted to the rank of Captain.
McCarthy briefed pilots before flights and questioned them on their return about enemy activity.
McCarthy resigned from the Marines on December 11, 1944. (wounded)
Judge McCarthy stands beside one of his campaign posters after he defeated Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr. for the Republican Senate nomination in 1946.
McCarthy's first years in the Senate were unimpressive.
People claimed that he had lied about his war record.
He was being investigated for tax offences and for taking bribes.
Began a campaign against communist subversives working in the Democratic administration.
What does this cartoon say about Joseph McCarthy?
In defense of McCarthy…
He was Right!!!
However, he could never actually prove that subversives were infiltrating the government!!!