McCarthyism: Anatomy of an Investigation
In 1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy declared to Congress that Far East scholar Owen Lattimore was a "top Russian spy." Lattimore tried to clear his name before two congressional committees. He was eventually exonerated but those hearings took a lasting economic and personal toll on the scholar. Here's how they worked.
The McCarthy hearings are now emblematic of the 1950s "Red Scare."
Senator Joseph McCarthy hired Roy Cohn in 1953 as Chief Counsel.
Senator Margaret Chase Smith was the first senator to stand up to Joseph McCarthy.
Author Langston Hughes was called before Sen. McCarthy’s Subcommittee on Investigations.
Watch the opening scene of McCarthy.