Date(s) - Sunday, October 21st
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin is remembered as the commanding figure at the height of American fear of communism. “McCarthyism” became a synonym for wild charges and red-baiting. The House Un-American Activities Committee’s (HUAC) Hollywood hearings and the blacklist pre-date McCarthy’s infamous 1950 speech on Communists in the State Department. Yet such was his fame that he is sometimes credited for the activities of HUAC and others.
Historian Richard Fried will explore McCarthy’s role in the Red Scare and its limits. He will treat McCarthy’s meteoric rise and fall, and why many people mistakenly recognize him as the only player in the Red Scare.
Cost: Museum Members $5 | Non-Members $8
Richard M. Fried is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He taught at UIC for 40 years and was a Fulbright lecturer twice (in Spain and Vietnam). He has published four books, including Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective.
Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 12, 2018 – February 10, 2019.
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