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The Search For Communists

“Along with critics’ reviews, Almanac brought scrutiny of a different, disturbing kind. On Broadway and in Hollywood, the witch hunt for communists had reached a fever pitch.”

Communism was the movement developed to create ‘a classless, moneyless, stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order’ (Communism, Wikipedia, 3/10/2012). It was near the beginning of the Cold War in 1950 when Joseph McCarthy, a Senator from Wisconsin, accused over 200 Americans of being “card-carrying communists”. The fear of Communism began to spread throughout the United States, which soon became known as McCarthyism. From 1950 to 1954, many famous actors and writers were under aggressive investigation, which made it difficult for them to find work or even be appreciated by the public.

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Food For Thought: Those who were under investigation during the time of Communism were only questioned because they were different, either by appearance or beliefs. Do you think our economy today still has that problem? Where someone is judged just because they are different?

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