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McCarthyism: PRIMARY SOURCES

Historic Senate Hearings Published

The Senate hearings represent the largest collection of documents related to 
McCarthy’s anti-Communist investigations.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ACCESS THE 5 VOL. AND INDEX SET


Start with the Index to find individual testimonies.
For example, Langston Hughes' testimony is found in Vol. 2 pages 973 to 998.

Extract:
Mr. C
OHN. Let us see if we can get an answer to this: Have you ever believed in communism? 
Mr. HUGHES. Sir, I would have to know what you mean by com- munism to answer that truthfully, and honestly, and according to the oath. 
Mr. COHN. Interpret it as broadly as you want. Have you ever believed that there is a form of government better than the one under which this country operates today? 
Mr. HUGHES. No, sir, I have not.
Mr. COHN. You have never believed that?
Mr. HUGHES. No, sir.
Mr. COHN. That is your testimony under oath?
Mr. HUGHES. That is right.
Mr. COHN. Have you ever attended a Communist party meeting?
Mr. H
UGHES. No, sir, I have not.

Herb Bock's History - Political Cartoons

Herb Block recognized the danger to civil liberties posed by such (government) activities and warned of them in his work. He coined the phrase "McCarthyism" in his cartoon for March 29, 1950.

Link to his political cartoons.

Videos


Better Red Than Dead, Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07buRRJ6s4k


Hollywood Ten
http://youtu.be/taancRcLQ8o

 

Ronald Reagan Testifying


HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST
http://youtu.be/nJzV6-wJ3SQ