McCarthyism and the Suburban Shift

1, Joseph McCarthy held congressional hearings in which he often used affiliation and hearsay to accuse people of being communists and a threat to the United States. What was unknown at the time was that while his methods were often distasteful and abusive – and possibly illegal – he did successfully identify some dangerous communists. Do you think he should be considered a patriot or not? Why?

2. As the automobile became more common, the economically mobile parts of society moved from city centers (urban areas) to areas nearby but outside of cities (suburban areas). Given the advantages and disadvantages of living in the suburbs, do you think this shift was a good idea at the time? Why, or why not?


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