Senator Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism: What Are the Facts?

Was Senator Joseph McCarthy a vicious smear artist who did nothing but make fabricated charges against innocent people? Was he a fanatical anti-communist demagogue who never found a single genuine communist in the government? No, he was not.

Senator McCarthy was not the raving fear monger that so many historians have portrayed him to be. I do not argue that all of McCarthy's claims were correct; some of them were wrong. Nor do I argue that all of his methods were without fault. On a few occasions, he and his staff used unethical means to achieve what they believed were noble goals. On the other hand, many of McCarthy's enemies frequently used unethical methods in their efforts to destroy him. Sometimes McCarthy could be abrasive and would turn potential friends into opponents, but this was the exception, not the rule. The portrayal of McCarthy as a reckless fanatic who made nothing but baseless accusations is simply false.

McCarthy was right more often than he was wrong. Many of the charges that are commonly leveled against McCarthy have no basis in fact, yet they are accepted and repeated over and over again in movies and documentaries, in history textbooks, and in books authored by historians who should know better. It is a sad commentary on the state of American historical scholarship that relatively few people are aware of these facts.

Defenses of Senator McCarthy

It’s Time to Correct the Record on Joseph McCarthy

The Vindication of Joe McCarthy

Joe McCarthy: A Victimizer or Victim

M. Stanton Evans’ Response to Ronald Radosh’s Review of Blacklisted By History

Two Elegant Defenses of Senator Joseph McCarthy by Informed 1950s Conservatives and Libertarians

Senator Joseph McCarthy's Charges "Now Accepted As Fact"

40 Questions and Answers About Senator McCarthy

The Real McCarthy Record

Summary of Arthur Herman's Book on Senator McCarthy

McCarthyism: The Rosetta Stone of Liberal Lies

Conservapedia Article on Joseph McCarthy

The Hidden Truth About Joseph McCarthy

Joe McCarthy Was Right

The Vindication of Joseph McCarthy

Senator Joseph McCarthy Was Right After All

The True Story of Senator Joseph McCarthy

Short YouTube Video on M. Stanton Evans’ Book Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies

Conservative Book Club Review of M. Stanton Evans’ Book Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies

Senator McCarthy’s Writings and Speeches

America’s Retreat from Victory

The History of George Catlett Marshall

Senator McCarthy’s Response to Edward R. Murrow 

 

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