Senator Joseph McCarthy was born on November 14th 1908 He is known for being The Chairman of Permanent Subcommittee of Investigations for two years and reporting claims of communist spying in the government and security in the United States.
McCarthy joined the Marines in World War II to initiate his political career. He later ran as a Republican candidate for the Wisconsin Senate Seat. Joseph McCarthy harmed his opponent’s name by stating that he wasn’t in the military during the war which brought McCarthy to victory. For re-election, he turned to dishonesty and corruption because his previous term was a failure. Edmund Walsh, an anti-communist, suggested an anti-communist uproar. Joseph agreed and took advantage of the people's fear of communism.
February 9, 1950: McCarthy claimed he had a list of over 200 "known" communist spies in the U.S. government. The public went insane believing that there were communists running the country. He soon became chairman of Government Committee of Operations of the Senate. He persistently broadened his investigating and continued it for two more years.
McCarthyism: "the practice of making accusations of subversion without regard for evidence." McCarthy was driven by his own lack of confidence and political gain. McCarthy accused many innocent citizens of being involved with communism and even had the editor of Daily Worker to back up his claims. He was the most feared and widely known communist hunter in the United States. Joseph McCarthy tampered with the media and called oppositions "communist sympathizers" to keep his name in the news. The communist "associations" were extremely overstated. Advocating for women's rights and child labor laws were seen as communism. He also saw communism in Roosevelt's New Deal. His most famous and controversial assumptions included: the Hollywood 10, Alger Hiss Trial, and the Rosenbergs.
The Rosenbergs: The most debatable spy case of the Cold War. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were charged with spying for the Soviet Union. The main prosecution witness was Ethel's brother, David Greenglass, who claimed to have given atomic bomb related drawings to Julius with notes written by Ethel. They were found guilty under the Espionage Act of 1917 and sentenced to death by the electric chair when their son was only six years old.