February 9, 1950

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy made a speech where he claimed that he had a list with over 200 “known communists” that worked in highly placed positions in the US government. This sparked widespread hysteria about subversives. Despite the fact that most of his claims were never verified thousand of people were blacklisted and/or investigated for subversive tendencies and had their lives and their families’ lives thrown into turmoil. All just so Senator McCarthy could become an overnight celebrity and wield significant power and become the leader of the American Communist Inquisition.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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