Mccarthyism And Mccarthyism

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The Crucible Research Paper By: Ashley Cocayne Topics: McCarthyism & Family Teacher: Mrs. Firzlaff Period: 2 McCarthyism is an anti-communist movement. It was enforced by looking at the citizens political parties and views to see who would likely be a communist or have communistic ties. It was similar to the Salem Witch Trials in that to not be named a witch you had to give names of others, in McCarthyism you were forced to give names. If you did not give them names you were either believed to be a communist or a communist synthesizer. Some even said that giving names was an issue of personal morality. McCarthy went through this movement using congressional investigating committees such as the FBI or HUAC. These committees made a narrowly focused …show more content…
McCarthyism had an affect on a multitude of people. It affected people in the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry like the hollywood big ten, and just any American citizen including children. The people who were questioned by HUAC were then put on a blacklist that made it extremely difficult to get a job and usually got you fired from the job you had. This list stopped people with a job in entertainment from working in the entertainment industry altogether. McCarthyism made the citizens of the United States almost afraid to express their political views for fear of being called a communist and of holding left-wing views. The ways in which children were affected by McCarthyism as stated in “Congressional Committees and Unfriendly Witnesses,” were they lost playmates and were even tormented in school. The social isolation of any person was particularly devastating. The children experienced these things because of their parents if they were accused of McCarthyism. Just like children in the 1690s did, their fathers had the right to control them, both parents did during …show more content…
Children were seen as a source of labor and not as much as children. The only time the mother actually cared for her children was when they were around the age of three to seven, some only cared for them till they were weaned then the father did everything. This greatly differs from most families now days. One similarity from then to now is the possible age gap between children. Even in the seventeenth-century a puritan couple who had a twenty year childbearing period could have a child who is grown and ready to start a family of their own and the couple still has an infant plus any amount of children in-between. A difference between the times is that now days there is less of a marriage age but back then men usually didn 't get married till their late twenties. As time goes on we start to see more and more blended families. Women who raised a larger family usually had two or more husbands, though the number of children per couple were minimal. According to “Demographic Perspectives on Family Change,” there has been a rapidly accelerated increase of 5% in 1960 to about 40% today of unmarried women giving

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