Joseph McCarthy was a Republican senator from the state of Wisconsin. He began targeting suspected communists as a part of a reelection campaign, feeding off of people's fear of a nuclear war and evolving Communist regimes. He made these accusations without evidence, and even pointed a finger at government officials. Not many Republicans stood up to him because they believed the fear of Communism Americans had, would help them win back the presidency.
McCarthy's downfall came in 1954 when he called out the U.S. Army. His lack of evidence and abusive tactics came out into the open and cost him many supporters. As he lost power, the effects of McCarthyism remained due to fear of having loyalty questioned. Even unions were less active in fighting for their causes. Many Americans became more suspicious, and investigations were very common. All in all, the fear of Communism entering American society was a huge factor and drive in both national and international politics for many years to come.
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