Essay about The War Of The Soviet Union

1289 Words Apr 29th, 2015 6 Pages
For decades, the United States population had an overreaching fear of communism, and were afraid that it could take over America. Although hatred for communists began as early as the 1910’s and 1920’s, it was the most intense during the period of the Cold War, which lasted from 1949 to 1989 . It was considered a period of extreme dishonesty and disloyalty, as Americans who may have been innocent were accused of aiding the Soviet Union. The main leader of these manhunts for disloyal citizens was Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. He was known to have instilled fear in the American people, by saying how communists were aiming to corrupt America, and their lives were at stake. He rose to fame on February 10, 1950 with his “Enemies from Within” speech that he gave in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he states that he has a list of 205 communists working in the government and shaping the United States policies to their immoral ways . A day later he then wrote a telegram to President Truman stating that he knows of 57 communists in the government and that Truman must do something to stop it. When analyzing and researching further into McCarthy’s arguments in his speech and telegram, it can be seen that he had no clean-cut evidence for his accusations and that it was purely done to trigger fear in the public. McCarthy starts his speech by discussing Abraham Lincoln. The speech was given on Abraham’s Lincoln’s birthday, and McCarthy stated how they should be celebrating the birth…

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