June 9

Joseph Welch confronts Sen. Joe McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”

June 9, 1954

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  • Lesson 3: The Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy
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    Lesson 3: The Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy

    A freshman senator from Wisconsin, Joseph R. McCarthy, shocked the country in 1950 when he claimed to possess evidence that significant numbers of communists continued to hold positions of influence in the State Department. In this lesson students will learn about McCarthy's crusade against communism, from his bombshell pronouncements in 1950 to his ultimate censure and disgrace in 1954.

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