U. S. Patriot Act Essay | Comparison of McCarthyism and the U.S. Patriot Act

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Comparison of McCarthyism and the U.S. Patriot Act

Summary: The social and political situations that led to the rise of the Joseph McCarthy anti-communism scare of the 1950s and the passage of the U.S Patriot Act in 2001 were similar. A history of McCarthyism and the terrorism that led to the passage of the Patriot Act.
Through the 1940s and 1950s, America was beleaguered with anxieties about the menace of communism arising in Eastern Europe and China. Profiting out of such worries of the nation, young Senator Joseph McCarthy made an open charge that hundreds of "card-carrying" communists had penetrate in the United States government. Although his allegations were found ultimately to be false and the Senate reproached him for improper ways, his ardent shakeup heralded as one of the most tyrannical era in 20th-century American politics. While the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAA) had been made in 1938 as a body to resist communists, McCarthy's charges enhanced the political nervousness of the epoch. The suspicious chase for moles, scandalously known as McCarthyism, made the life and work of a number of important cultural names in the U.S difficult, being branded as champions and supporters to leftist...

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