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    Denise Oliver Velez, Oh Mary Oh

    ...and a short reminder.

    We tend to lump all the anticommunist hysteria under the shorthand name "McCarthyism". This is giving that weasel of a man too much credit. Senator McCarthy wasn't the first politician in Washington to see commies under every bed. He was just the guy who got the most publicity out of it.

    The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) started the attack on Hollywood over three years before McCarthy's Wheeling speech. They were aided by right wing Hollywood groups more than willing to destroy the careers of co-workers in the name of American ideals.

    HUAC saw a commie ideal in every Hollywood film, McCarthy saw his commies in the Federal government and Armed Forces.

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