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Joseph McCarthy. By: Cole Williams and Eric Espino. Background Info. Born in Grand Chute, Wisconsin Graduated from Marquette in 1935 1939 won election as a circuit court judge During WWII joined the Marines and served in the Pacific. General Info. U.S. Republican Senator from Wisconsin

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joseph mccarthy

Joseph McCarthy

By: Cole Williams and Eric Espino

background info
Background Info.
  • Born in Grand Chute, Wisconsin
  • Graduated from Marquette in 1935
  • 1939 won election as a circuit court judge
  • During WWII joined the Marines and served in the Pacific
general info
General Info.
  • U.S. Republican Senator from Wisconsin
  • Gained power when the Republican Party won control of the Senate in 1952
mccarthyism
McCarthyism
  • Gained national attention in 1950 by claiming that he had a list of 205 known communists in the State Department
  • “Use of accusations, slander, and innuendo to tarnish his opponents’ reputations.”
hollywood ten
Hollywood Ten
  • Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, and others, all entertainers in the film industry
  • HUAC (House of Un- American Activities Committee) investigated the film industry.
  • They refused to answer questions and plead the fifth.
results of his actions
Results of His Actions
  • McCarthy overstepped himself by challenging the United States Army when one of his assistants was drafted.
  • Many Americans saw McCarthy’s savage tactics for the first time.
  • The Senate finally condemned him for his conduct.
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