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What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen? - Ellen Schrecker

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In the 1950s, as part of a campaign to expose suspected Communists, thousands of individuals were aggressively investigated and questioned before government panels. Named after its most notorious practitioner, the phenomenon known as McCarthyism destroyed lives and careers. But how did this episode of political repression take off? Ellen Schrecker traces the history of McCarthyism.

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  • Educator Ellen Schrecker
  • Director Patrick Smith
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
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  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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