After Democrat Adlai Stevenson had made a speech in the 1952 presidential election campaign, a woman praised him; ‘You have captured the vote of every thinking person in America.’ Stevenson is said to have replied, ‘Thank you, Ma’am, but we need a majority!’ What do you think he meant by this?
Compare the two political cartoons to the left. Which was made by supporters of HUAC and which by its opponents? Explain your choice carefully!
Claimed to have list of over 200 Communists in the State Department
Claimed list came from FBI (Hoover)
Claimed 57 card-carrying Communists in gov’t
In fact, 35 were already cleared, 22 still being investigated w/o being charged
McCarthy ‘amazed’ by new-found fame
Dem. Sen. Millard Tydings said charges false
McCarthy attacked Tydings an ‘un-American’
Republicans supported McCarthy in ’52 elections
Republicans won many seats
Tydings defeated by pro-McCarthy Republican, John M. Brown, after doctored picture was distributed of Tydings & former Communist whom Tydings never, in fact, met
Here is the composite picture. Note the two original pictures below the composite. There is something disquieting to me that the very technique that Stalin used to place himself next to Lenin when he wasn’t in fact, there, was later used by McCarthyites to frame an honorable man, accusing him of being a secret Communist. It was a dark day for democracy. The former Communist is Earl Browder, expelled from the American Communist Party in 1946, after he took the position that Communism and Capitalism could peacefully coexist.