Power Feeds on Fear
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This American Experience episode traces the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy while setting the "Red Scare" he sparked into the larger context of the Cold War.
Interviews with people who knew him, archival photos and film, and expert commentary reveal a complex picture of the man, who could be charming one minute and cruel the next. Focusing on the years 1950 to 1954, the documentary chronicles how McCarthy played upon the paranoia of the time, how the congressional hearings he chaired became one of the first examples of "must-see TV," and the frightening power of lies to sway public opinion and shift political power.
9 and up
Black-and-white and color