The UK Bible Students
Barbara Tuchman on McCathyism-1950
W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam (1984; Alfred A.
Knopf), p. 259.
witch-hunts of McCarthyism, of the House Un-American Activities Committee, the
informers, the blacklists and the fire-eaters of the Republican Right and the
China Lobby, the trial of wrecked careers, had plunged the country into a fit
of moral cowardice.
Everyone, in and out of office, trembled in anxiety to prove his
The anxious included [John Foster] Dulles, who, according to an
associate, lived in constant apprehension that the McCarthy attack might turn
next upon him.
Less intensely, it reached up to the President, as
shown by Eisenhower’s silent acquiescence in McCarthy’s attacks upon General
Nothing was so ridiculous, Macaulay once wrote, as the British public
in one of its periodical fits of morality and nothing so craven, it could be
added, as the American public in its fit of the 1950s.’