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McCarthyism

from U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy who acted out morbid fear of aliens, especially Communists. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 409]
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What happened in the 1990s, there was a deliberate attempt to portray the Conservative Party as an institution - it was almost McCarthyite frankly - as though it were sleazy and it wasn't.
The author tells a terrifying tale of the McCarthyite hounding of academics in US Middle-East-study institutes, at precisely the time when informed comment on the region is most crucial.
A LIFE AS INTERESTING as that of Abraham Polonsky, the American writer and sometime film director, is revealing of an entire historical landscape, radiating shafts of light into the shifting political fortunes of the Left over decades, the place of Jews in America, the role of the media in shaping popular assumptions and thinking, the state of union organization and above all the shameful repression and huge cultural loss which the McCarthyite witch hunts of the late 1940s and early 1950s brought.
Though traditionalist historians with a leery view of American Communists, they were hardly McCarthyite mad dogs.
In that year, Congress, in a burst of McCarthyite fervor against "godless communism," slipped the words "under God" into the Pledge.
Jim Carrey plays blacklisted screenwriter Peter Appleton in McCarthyite `50s America, who suffers amnesia after a freak car crash and finds himself in a small sweeter-than-apple-pie American town.
During the McCarthyite witch-hunt, for example, film industry executives strenuously denied the existence of a blacklist.
Doctrinaire party members such as Irwin Silber attempted to control carefully the musical content heard at party gatherings; paradoxically, ideological purity increased at the same time that McCarthyite forces ensured that "the Old Left was almost completely cut off from the rest of American society" (p.
314-16), the Lupacks produce a crisp, convincing reading of The Black Knight, a run-of-the-mill 1954 Hollywood film, arguing that it is a McCarthyite allegory of the Red Scare of the 1950s.
There are echoes of McCarthyite witch hunts and oblique kicks directed at the nastiness of racism and bigotry.
Given the rabid anticommunist rhetoric of Graham and others, it does not seem overly cynical to propose that postwar evangelists actually fanned the flames of Cold War hysteria, inspiring their followers not only to come to Jesus, but also to support the massive buildup of nuclear weapons, the McCarthyite witch-hunt, and, eventually, U.