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The Rise of 21st century McCarthyism

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Fifty years ago, the U.S. Senate voted to censure Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy, who achieved notoriety in his time for a ferocious campaign against supposed communist infiltration of the U.S. government.

The Wisconsin Republican played on the era's fears of global communism beginning with a speech in West Virginia, in which he falsely claimed to have a list of 205 people in the State Department known to be members of the Communist Party.

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