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Shooting star : the brief arc of Joe McCarthy /

by Wicker, Tom.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: 212 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 015101082X (alk. paper); 9780151010820.Subject(s): McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957 | United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography | Legislators -- Biography. -- United States | Anti-communist movements -- History -- 20th century. -- United States | Internal security -- History -- 20th century. -- United States | United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1953 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description | Sample text Summary: Joe McCarthy first became visible to the nation on February 9, 1950, when he delivered a Lincoln Day address to local Republicans in Wheeling, West Virginia. That night he declared, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 [members of the Communist Party] still working and shaping policy in the State Department." Anticommunism was already a cause embraced by the Republican Party as a whole; McCarthy tapped into this current and turned it into a flood. Little more than five years later, after countless hearings and stormy speeches and after incalculable damage to ordinary Americans and the nation itself, McCarthy's Senate colleagues voted 67-22 to censure him for his reckless accusations and fabrications. We know today that not one prosecution resulted from McCarthy's investigations into communists in the U.S. government.--Publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [195]-199) and index.

Joe McCarthy first became visible to the nation on February 9, 1950, when he delivered a Lincoln Day address to local Republicans in Wheeling, West Virginia. That night he declared, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 [members of the Communist Party] still working and shaping policy in the State Department." Anticommunism was already a cause embraced by the Republican Party as a whole; McCarthy tapped into this current and turned it into a flood. Little more than five years later, after countless hearings and stormy speeches and after incalculable damage to ordinary Americans and the nation itself, McCarthy's Senate colleagues voted 67-22 to censure him for his reckless accusations and fabrications. We know today that not one prosecution resulted from McCarthy's investigations into communists in the U.S. government.--Publisher description.

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