Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy from the United States National Archives.
Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin rose to prominence in February 1950 when he claimed that he had a list of 205 State Department employees who were Communists. His now-infamous string of accusations propelled communist hysteria and led to his ultimate censure by the Senate in 1954. Though his communist “witch-hunt” led to book and art censorship, it also gave us Arthur Miller’s allegorical play, The Crucible. 
Of the thousands of documents in the United States’ National Archives, Our Documents takes a selection of just 100 milestone documents. The team of contributing scholars “considered how each of the documents provided a point of entry into a discussion about the rights and responsibilities of American citizens… [they] found it gratifying to see how the spirit of one document appeared in later documents, and how the documents taken as a whole reflect democratic ideals in action.”

Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy from the United States National Archives.

Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin rose to prominence in February 1950 when he claimed that he had a list of 205 State Department employees who were Communists. His now-infamous string of accusations propelled communist hysteria and led to his ultimate censure by the Senate in 1954. Though his communist “witch-hunt” led to book and art censorship, it also gave us Arthur Miller’s allegorical play, The Crucible. 

Of the thousands of documents in the United States’ National Archives, Our Documents takes a selection of just 100 milestone documents. The team of contributing scholars “considered how each of the documents provided a point of entry into a discussion about the rights and responsibilities of American citizens… [they] found it gratifying to see how the spirit of one document appeared in later documents, and how the documents taken as a whole reflect democratic ideals in action.”