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McCarthyism Was Wrong—and Right

U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy holds a picture showing Clement Richard Attlee, British statesman and prime minister (1945–1951), making a communist salute during the Spanish civil war. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy holds a picture showing Clement Richard Attlee, British statesman and prime minister (1945–1951), making a communist salute during the Spanish civil war. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Two realities of the McCarthyism era, which reached its height in the early 1950s, deserve revisiting. One reality: Politicians engaged in grandstanding and bullying, leveled...

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