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On This Day: December 2, 1954

On This Day: December 2, 1954
Photo of Senator Joseph McCarthy

From 1950 to 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy exploited a national fear of Communist advances throughout Europe and Asia by accusing individuals and organizations of having Communist Party sympathies. Despite opposition from senators such as Margaret Chase Smith, McCarthy continued his hunt for Communist infiltrators for four years. In 1953 and 1954, as chair of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, he turned his attention to alleged security breaches in the U.S. Army, ultimately leading to his downfall. On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted 67 to 22 to approve a resolution of censure condemning McCarthy's behavior as "contrary to senatorial traditions."

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