Joseph McCarthy: Telegram to President Harry S. Truman


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McCarthy followed up his speech in Wheeling with a telegram to President Truman reiterating his charges that a “nest of Communists and Communist sympathizers” was shaping American foreign policy. Although a State Department official had denied McCarthy's allegations, McCarthy reminds Truman of Truman's own loyalty program aimed precisely at “weeding out fellow travelers.” Making it difficult for the president to deflect the thrust of the Wheeling...