Essay heading: McCarthyism and the Media

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United States

 

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Hilary Panian

 

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July 1, 2009

 

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The HUAC distributed millions of pamphlets to the American public cautioning: “One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism” (“Where can Communists be found? Everywhere”). By the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the American public had been primed for the invasion of privacy and civil liberties that the HUAC and various other congressional subcommittees would commit in their quest to seek out the Commies...
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These hearings were mainly focused on Hollywood and the film industry. McCarthyism would take its biggest toll in this industry and would contribute to the creation of the infamous “Hollywood Blacklist.” The HUAC interrogated numerous actors, directors, screen-writers, etc, and countless films were reviewed by innumerable congressional committees in hopes of finding circumstantial evidence that would prove the theory that Hollywood was infiltrated by communists and that communistic ideas were being portrayed to the unknowing public in films and the media...
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