McCarthy is a Key Personality for:
Domestic Factors on US Foreign Policy, 1945 - 1972
- Early Career:
Where was McCarthy from? What did he do during World War II? What did he achieve in 1946?
- McCarthy in the Senate:
What was McCarthy's record and reputation in the Senate? What were his prospects in the next congressional election? What did he need to do to ensure he was re-elected?
- McCarthy and the "Reds":
Why did McCarthy choose to go after suspected Communists? What governement department did he claim was full of Communists? How did his growing fame influence the "Red Scare"? How was McCarthy able to stir up peoples' fears about Communism? What other groups did he target? Why?
- McCarthy and the Eastern Establishment:
What did McCarthy refer to as the "Eastern Establishment"? Why was he opposed to them? How did he link them with Communism? Why did the Republican Party support him? What was his relationship with President Eisenhower? How did he influence Eisenhower?
- McCarthy's Hearings:
What committee did McCarthy become chairman of? What US institution did he target? His hearings were televised - what impact did this have? How did it contribute to his downfall? How did his career end?
|McCarthy on the cover of Time magazine in 1954.|