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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.

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joseph mccarthy

Joseph McCarthy

“The Man behind the Man”

witch hunt
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- policy or practice of publicly accusing in a reckless manner, suspected individuals or groups of political disloyalty and subversion.
are you a subversive
Are you a Subversive?
  • Subversives-Those who engage in a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a government or political system by working secretly from within. (For almost two years the struggle went on between president and senator over the proper way a democracy should handle so-called subversives.)
are you a demagogue
Demagogue-A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power. (McCarthy was a demagogue.)Are you a Demagogue?
  • Communism is the abolition of power of people over people, where the government holds all assets. Communism is based on mutual cooperation, peace and justice.
  • Feb. 1950, “compiled” a list of 57 people in state department that were members of American Communist party.
  • Some had been communists but others had been fascists, alcoholics and sexual deviants. As it happens, if McCarthy had been screened, his own drinking problems and sexual escapades would have resulted in him being put on the list.
mccarthy s downfall
McCarthy’s Downfall…
  • In 1954, he made accusations against the US Army
  • Resulted in a nationally televised Senate investigation
  • Censured by Senate in 1954.
his legacy
In defense of McCarthy…

He was Right!!!

However, he could never actually prove that subversives were infiltrating the government!!!

His Legacy…