Roy Cohn: Chief Counsel for McCarthy
Senator Joseph McCarthy hired Cohn in 1953 as Chief Counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. McCarthy relied heavily on Cohn—for contacts, information, ideas, and political advice.
The McCarthy hearings are now emblematic of the 1950s "Red Scare."
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.
McCarthy declared to Congress that scholar Owen Lattimore was a "top Russian spy."