For the month of October, we’ll be doing a daily series of posts featuring some of the most memorable politicians from the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s. You can see many cool additional images at Boom Underground.
Illustration of Joe McCarthy by Ben Shahn, from The Nation, 1952
Joe McCarthy was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin from 1947-57. The term McCarthyism grew out of his aggressive hunt for Communists in the government and armed forces through a series of Senate hearings and public statements and accusations.