On February 9, 1950, Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, a Republican from Wisconsin, publicly charged that at least 205 Department of State employees were Communists, traitors, and spies. This accusation touched a deep sense of fear among many Americans that the Communists were infiltrating the country and would eventually take over. Congress investigated the charges, and hearings were conducted during which many innocent people lost their livelihoods and reputations.
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