The 2nd Red Scare

Mayra, Odalis, Karime

Red Scare 1950's

Communist were often referred to as "Reds" for their allegiance to the Red soviet flag. The Red Scare led to a range of actions that had a profound and enduring effect on the U.S government and society. Federal employees were analyzed to determine whether they were sufficiently loyal to the government.

Joseph R. McCarthy

Joesph was the most closely senator with the anticommunist crusade--and with its excesses. To establish himself to as powerful and feared in American politics he used intimidation and hearsay. He leveled charges of anyone who disagreed with his political views costing many of his victims their jobs and the way people looked at them. This did't end until his colleagues formally denounced his tactics in 1954.


Public concerns about communism were heightened by international events. In 1949, the Soviet Union successfully tested a nuclear bomb and communist forces led by Mao Zedong (1893-1976) took control of China. The following year saw the start of the Korean War (1950-195 which engaged U.S groups in combat.