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  • Educator Ellen Schrecker
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
Interested in learning more about McCarthyism? Start with the educator, Ellen Schrecker. She is the author of: Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America and The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents.

What was the House Un-American Activities Committee? Read about it here. The Hollywood Ten were writers blacklisted for Communist affiliations. Visit this site to learn more and be sure to scroll down to fin d even more resources on McCarthyism.

Who exactly was Joseph McCarthy? He was described as a fear monger, but what kind of man was he really? Learn more about McCarthy here.

For some more information on the Cold War, read The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37.

Curious about exactly what was the McCarthy Era like? Click here. This video also provides a great summary of McCarthyism: Enemies Within: Joe McCarthy - Spreading Lies and Ruining Lives.

Finally, watch Senator Joseph McCarthy on Face the Nation as he responds to questions about the hearings he conducted.