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How McCarthyism Worked

McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. The term has its origins in the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from 1950 to 1954 and characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents.

Congress convened a House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) to investigate Communist influence in Hollywood.Although most of the Hollywood Ten were Party members,instead of simply invoking their 5th Amendant rights they challenged the Committee's right to ask about their political beliefs.Congress cited all for contempt .After failed appeals,they were jailed.