Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy
Recorded on December 12, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
From 1950-1954, it is almost universally agreed, America was
plunged into a veritable Reign of Terror. The loyalty of patriotic
Americans was impugned, senators were bullied, generals were
maligned, professors were silenced, presidents expressed concern
about the future of the country. One man was responsible for the
five years of infamy: Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin. He gave
birth to a term - "McCarthyism" - that is used so frequently by
both liberals and conservatives it requires no definition.
Webster's defines McCarthyism as "the practice of making
accusations of disloyalty, especially of pro-Communist activity, in
many instances unsupported by proof or based on slight, doubtful,
or irrelevant evidence."
But now M. Stanton Evans, long one of the conservative movement's
most respected and thoughtful writers, has published a 663-page
book of meticulous research and dispassionate analysis that argues
the opposite: McCarthy was right about there being communists in
government, his investigative methods were careful, thorough and of
the highest standard, his adversaries were the ones who practiced
Columnist Robert Novak, no fan of McCarthy, writes that Stan Evans
makes "a convincing case" that Senator McCarthy did not drive
"liberal" officials from public life, did not accuse "innocents" of
being Communists, and did not degrade the public process by
accusing rivals of treason. Blacklisted by History: The Untold
Story of Senator Joe McCarthy is already one of the most
talked-about books of the year about one of the most controversial
figures in American politics. Heritage is pleased to present M.
Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein, one of America's leading
experts on Soviet espionage, in a timely discussion of Joe
McCarthy, the man and the ism.