Program
An American Ism: Joe McCarthy
Segment
Part 1
Producing Organization
Wisconsin Public Television
Catalyst Films
WHA-TV (Television station : Madison, Wis.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
PBS Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-29-300zpk6p
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Description
Program Description
"'AN AMERICAN ISM: JOE MCCARTHY', examines the early life and roots of the late Senator Joseph McCarthy, as well as the social/cultural setting which influenced him and enabled his rise to power. The documentary attempts to discover the man behind the politician by interviewing those people alive today--friends, business associates and fellow politicians--who knew him during his rise to power and fame. The film also attempts to recreate the political arena and times in which McCarthy lived. "This program was produced for the Wisconsin ETV Network by Catalyst Films and WHA-TV."--1979 Peabody Awards entry form. This documentary focuses on the life, career, and political ideas of Senator Joe McCarthy. Footage of McCarthy's speeches as a senator is included throughout the program. The program defines McCarthyism as it is known now, and it goes back to his childhood on his family's farm in Outagamie County in Wisconsin. Family friends and neighbors talk about what McCarthy was like as a child and a teenager, attending high school while running a grocery store. Classmates and coworkers detail McCarthy's time at Marquette University, the Milk Strikes of the Great Depression, and McCarthy's early political career as a circuit judge. Some of McCarthy's fellow soldiers discuss McCarthy's career in the Marine Corps during World War Two. The next segment of the program focuses on McCarthy's 1946 campaign for U.S. senator, followed by a segment detailing his early senate career. Other state officials and journalists discuss pressures to find communists in the government, the Federal Employee Loyalty Program, and the House Un-American Activities Committee. They also detail how McCarthy became involved in the communist issue and began his crusades against communists in the State Department. They discuss Truman's denouncement of McCarthy, McCarthy's continuing attacks, and the roles they played in supporting him. They also discuss the Tydings Committee Hearings and the aftermath of McCarthyism.
Broadcast Date
1979-04-24
Created Date
1979
Asset type
Program
Rights
Content provided from the media collection of Wisconsin Public Broadcasting, a service of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. All rights reserved by the particular owner of content provided. For more information, please contact 1-800-422-9707
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
01:00:21.118
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Credits
Associate Producer: Brown, Barry A.
Director: Silber, Glenn
Interviewee: Anderson, Jack
Interviewee: Hershberger, L.D.
Interviewee: Wander, Jerry
Interviewee: Testin, Honor
Interviewee: Sumnicht, Francis
Interviewee: Flynn, Gerald
Interviewee: Heenan, Jim
Interviewee: Bellin, Joe
Interviewee: Korb, Tom
Interviewee: Kimball, Penn
Interviewee: Bayley, Ed
Producer: Cotter, Carol
Producer: Silber, Glenn
Producing Organization: Wisconsin Public Television
Producing Organization: Catalyst Films
Producing Organization: WHA-TV (Television station : Madison, Wis.)
Writer: de Antonio, Emile
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-72f39bd87e2 (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 1:33:57
Wisconsin Public Television (WHA-TV)
Identifier: cpb-aacip-f9487c315af (Filename)
Format: 16mm film
Generation: Master
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Citations
Chicago: “An American Ism: Joe McCarthy; Part 1,” 1979-04-24, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, PBS Wisconsin, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-29-300zpk6p.
MLA: “An American Ism: Joe McCarthy; Part 1.” 1979-04-24. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, PBS Wisconsin, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 28, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-29-300zpk6p>.
APA: An American Ism: Joe McCarthy; Part 1. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, PBS Wisconsin, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-29-300zpk6p