Alger Hiss

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  • Why Is Joseph Mccarthy Bad

    implement a new loyalty program which would require all of the government officials to go through a loyalty investigation. Truman 's program failed miserably because he had investigated over 2 million workers and fired 140 of them and did not find one spy. Truman succeeded to put in America’s minds the idea that communists had to be all over or Truman wouldn 't do this in the first place. Later in 1947, America and Russia officially began the cold war. In the year 1948, Alger Hiss, a well known and liked American, was accused of being apart of the Communist Underground. Americans believed that if Hiss was a communist, then no one could be trusted in the government. After two trials, Hiss was found guilty and everyone was on edge. Two weeks after this incident, with good timing, Joe McCarthy recited his famous Wheeling speech. He stated, “ I have here in my hand a list of two hundred five that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist party”. This speech, which followed the Hiss conviction and the Rosenberg dilemma, made sense to the people. Days following his speech, everyone wanted to see his “list” but every time he had a different excuse as to why he didn 't have it. The fact that McCarthy’s numbers kept changing showed his fakeness. He originally said 205 communists were on his list in his Wheeling speech, but then said 57 communists in his Reno speech, and then told the senators 81 were on his list. McCarthy seemed extra suspicious when…

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  • Conservatives And Liberals In The 1950's

    social views, and helped create an even more diverse culture. During the 1950’s, one of the many trends conservatives rejected were communist beliefs and the idea of communists in the State Department, which is the lead U.S foreign affairs agency. On February 11, 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy sent a telegram to the former US president, Harry S. Truman, demanding the names of those placed in the State Department because they were considered security risks due to their communist connections. To…

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  • Character Analysis: The Red Scare

    Imagine living in a world where everyone believes lies and condemns people for the lies. This is what it is like if you live in the United States during the Red Scare. The Red Scare is a time period in which Americans were afraid of communist spies infiltrating their method of capitalism. These claims, rumors, are made primarily by Joseph McCarthy. His accusations began to accuse well known people and destroy their reputations. Brinkley states, “Hiss, who was now out of government, denied the…

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  • Fear Of Communism

    accusations and taking down the accused without much evidence. For example, the committee, or HUAC as it is often called, went after a group of actors, directors and screenwriters known as the Hollywood Ten with the belief that they were involved with communism. The members of the group were promptly blacklisted by HUAC, unable to work in their professions any longer for this accusation. The committee also went through a series of court cases in which simple citizens were accused of harboring…

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  • The Infamous Richard Nixon's Watergate Scandal

    his work with the Office of Price Administration. Nixon did not engage in combat, yet rose to the rank of lieutenant and received two service stars and several recommendations before his military retirement in 1946. (Biography.com) Nixon returned to Wittier, where group of local Republicans convinced Nixon to run for a Senate seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Nixon campaigned on the side of anti-communism. When running for Congress, he "exploited notions about [his competitor 's]…

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  • Billy Joel's Poem

    retired in 1952. Another interesting fact about Joe DiMaggio is that he married Marilyn Monroe in 1954, but they divorced shortly after. The next two versus of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t’ Start the Fire” sings, “Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television, north Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe. These people, places, and objects all appearto relate to the year 1950. Joe McCarthy was a Senator from Wisconsin. He was known for his interrogations of suspects; he normally picked weak…

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  • Essay On The Crucible As An Allegory

    In the 1940s and 50s, fear of foreign spies peaked. Americans believed they would hold a monopoly on atomic weapons for an extensive period of time, but, to the shock of the whole world, Communist Russia exploded their own atom bomb in 1949. Many suspected treason; who gave our secret away and betrayed America? In the end, very little evidence for treason was found, but the effect on the American mindset was tremendous. When Whittaker Chambers testified in the case of Alger Hiss, “we were…

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  • The Fear Of Communism In The 1920's

    of Sputnik’s successful launch, the Soviets had the ability to launch a nuclear attack on america using missiles. Consequently, people had bomb shelters built, performed duck and cover drills, and made little kids wear dog tags out of fear of a nuclear strike. Life Magazine, which shows popular trends and styles, included a photo of a bomb shelter in their issue of May 1955. The image depicts a happy family in a well stocked bomb shelter. The mother and father are sitting and reading while the…

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  • The Cold War: The Cause Of The Red Scare

    Although the beginning of the Cold War between the United States and the USSR from 1945 to 1950 was slightly caused through accusation of illegal communist activities in the government, but was significantly caused through political change in US foreign policy, social distrust of the USSR via public opinions, and diplomatic misunderstandings between the US and USSR; therefore, the beginning of the Cold War was slightly caused legally, but significantly caused socially, politically, and…

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  • Universal Fear In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

    led people to list names of innocents with no true evidence. People do not just blame others out of necessity, they also blame others to gain money and power. Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon are palpable examples of this corruption. To gain more power in their respective offices, McCarthy and Nixon sought after communists to seem powerful and for the people of America. McCarthy attacked countless people “justifying in his mind an assault on values and people who threatened his ideal of…

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