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THE  CHICKEN  LUNCHEON
J. McCarthy | P. King | M. Bachmann
       

Joseph   McCarthy
In 1950, at the height of Cold War tensions, Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed to have a list of known members of the Communist Party within the State Department. In 1953, as chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, McCarthy made accusations of subversion against personnel working inside the federal government and the U.S. Army. His methods outraged prominent military, government, and civilian figures. (A meeting meant to ease tensions between McCarthy and the Army was referred to as “the Chicken Luncheon”.)
In 1954, McCarthy’s own committee was tasked with investigating him and his counsel on behalf of the Army, which now accused him of coercion. When finally challenged to produce his list of communists and subversives, McCarthy suggested that the Army’s counsel consider his own co-worker. To which came the famous rebuke “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” For his inability to prove his sensational charges and for a general lack of decorum, McCarthy was censured by the Senate on December 2, 1954. The term “McCarthyism” was coined in 1950.  NEXT >

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