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From the late 1940s to the
(Updated on 09/03/2011)
"A witch-hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft,
often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and mob lynching, but in
also legally sanctioned and involving official witchcraft trials.
The classical period of witch-hunts in Europe falls into the Early
Modern period or about 1450 to 1700, spanning the upheavals of the
and the Thirty Years' War, resulting in tens of thousands of executions...
The term "witch-hunt" is often used to refer to similarly panic-induced
searches for perceived wrong-doers other than witches.
The best known example is probably the McCarthyist search for communists
during the Cold War..."
is a term describing the intense anti-communist suspicion in the United
States in a period that lasted roughly from the late 1940s to the late
1950s. This period is also referred to as the Second Red Scare, and
coincided with increased fears about communist influence on American
institutions and espionage by Soviet agents..."
1 Origins of McCarthyism
2 The institutions of McCarthyism
2.1 The Executive Branch 2.1.1 Loyalty-security reviews 2.1.2 J. Edgar
Hoover and the FBI 2.2 HUAC 2.3 Senate Committees 2.4 Blacklists
2.5 Laws and arrests
3 Popular support for McCarthyism
4 Views of Communists
5 Victims of McCarthyism
6 Critical reactions
7 The decline of McCarthyism
8 Continuing controversy 8.1 Current use of the term...
Theatre / Films :
- The Crucible
"The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a play written in the early
1950s during the time of McCarthyism, when the government blacklisted