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How did the Red scare and McCarthyism become such a dominant force in the USA, in the late 40's and early 50's? Describe the legacy of McCarthy.

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GCSE International relations 1945-1991

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After the Second World War, there developed a growing suspicion between USA and The Soviet union. The friendly faces were disappearing, after the development of the first nuclear weapon by USA, USSR, were sure it was to be used against them Meanwhile, the newly elected President of USA, Truman, was beginning to distrust Stalin, leader the USSR. This was the beginning of an era in American history. It affected many thousands of lives, and had a massive impact on American society. The Red scar, as it was also known, McCarthyism was about to begin. This was the fear communism, and it taking over the American government. Being invaded in this way, is fear in any nation, but it was played upon by people such as McCarthy (hence McCarthyism), and increased to an unrealistic scale. Anyone could be suspected of being communist, with no evidence or proof, but would still have his or her life taken apart.

The USA and USSR, had emerged as super powers, after WWI, and this was undoubtedly going to lead to some tension, so much tension that it would lead to the Cold war. Stalin was becoming very suspicious of the USA, assuming that

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