1 Who were McCarthy’s “helpers” on HUAC? What was their role? Roy M. BrewerRoy M. Brewer was appointed by the Motion Picture Industry to “root out” any communists in the film industry.John Garfield was an example of a man whose acting career was ruined by false accusationsDalton Trumbo was a screenwriter whose career was also ended, except he was proven to be affiliated with the communist party
2 Ultimately, what was McCarthy’s fate? When and how did he go too far? In 1954, the Senate censured McCarthy on 46 chargesEventually censured on two of the chargesCensure resolution: McCarthy abused power as a senator-Still held office, but had no powerHe had gone too far when he began criticizing war veteransLt. Col. Chester T. Brown didn’t answer McCarthy’s questions during a hearingMcCarthy responded, “Any man in the uniform of his country who refused to give information to a committee of the Senate which represents the American people, that man is not fit to wear the uniform of his country” (CNN)
3 11.ContinuedMcCarthy called interviewee Brigadier General Ralph Zwicker-- decorated veteran, hero in Normandy-- “a disgrace to the uniform he wore”McCarthy was saying that these men were CommunistDied on May 2, 1957 of acute hepatitis from alcohol abuse at age 48
4 What was The HUAC Renamed in 1969? What is its status today? Committee’s importance was declining then they changed their name.Was renamed the Committee on Internal SecurityThe HUAC was dissolved entirely in 1975.
5 Prediction: What bearing does all of this have on the play we are about to read? In many ways McCarthyism and The Crucible are alike some of the main similarities are:Both McCarthyism and the Crucible have claims from people that are unreliable and have no proof. In The Crucible its the girls that make claims about witches in Salem. Then in McCarthyism Joseph McCarthy made many claims that members of the US government were communist.Another example is nobody stood up against the people that were accusing people of being either a witch or a communist in fear that they would be accused by McCarthy or the girls.Both McCarthy and the girls ended up going to far when they started to accuse people that were either higher class or people who were veterans.
6 ContinuedBoth McCarthyism and the Salem witch trials were very similar in many different ways. This makes McCarthyism have a greater bearing on The Crucible because it helps us get a better understanding of what went on during the trials.