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McCarthyism, Korea and the Cold War

After World War II, foreign affairs played an increasingly important role in the lives of American citizens. The United States and its allies competed with the United Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and its allies for political and economic dominance around the world. Known as the Cold War, this rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet Union shaped almost every aspect of international politics, as well as many domestic concerns, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the USSR in the early 1990s.

In the late 1940s, people in Wisconsin were divided over issues such... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to article: An anti-McCarthy political flyer from the 1952 campaign  An anti-McCarthy political flyer from the 1952 campaign
Link to article: McCarthy is discredited on nationwide television  McCarthy is discredited on nationwide television
Link to article: Judge Joe McCarthy runs for Senate in 1946  Judge Joe McCarthy runs for Senate in 1946
Link to article: The Progressive Magazine takes on Senator McCarthy in 1954  The Progressive Magazine takes on Senator McCarthy in 1954
Link to article: McCarthy seeks support against "communist mouthpieces"  McCarthy seeks support against "communist mouthpieces"
Link to article: Sen. William Proxmire Opposes the Military-Industrial Complex  Sen. William Proxmire Opposes the Military-Industrial Complex
Link to artifacts: A patch from a historic meeting in space, 1975  A patch from a historic meeting in space, 1975
Link to artifacts: Hope and fear in an atomic age  Hope and fear in an atomic age
Link to artifacts: A Racine family equips their fallout shelter in 1960  A Racine family equips their fallout shelter in 1960
Link to book: Two Korean War veterans describe their experiences  Two Korean War veterans describe their experiences
Link to images: Photographs from the career of William Proxmire  Photographs from the career of William Proxmire
Link to manuscript: Sen. William Proxmire's Campaign Against Genocide  Sen. William Proxmire's Campaign Against Genocide

Primary Sources Available Elsewhere

Link to article: Sen. Joseph McCarthy gives a talk in Chicago in 1953.  Sen. Joseph McCarthy gives a talk in Chicago in 1953.
Link to article: The U.S. Senate censures Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy (1954)  The U.S. Senate censures Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy (1954)
Link to book: Wisconsin Blue Books  Wisconsin Blue Books
Link to book: McCarthy's 1953-54 closed-door hearings.  McCarthy's 1953-54 closed-door hearings.
Link to collections: An online exhibit from the Wis. Veterans Museum  An online exhibit from the Wis. Veterans Museum
Link to collections: Documents relating to the Cold War in Milwaukee schools  Documents relating to the Cold War in Milwaukee schools
Link to images: Photographs of the USS Wisconsin in Korea  Photographs of the USS Wisconsin in Korea

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A short biography of Sen. Joseph McCarthy from the Appleton Public Library

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