Dorothy Kenyon: Senator Joseph McCarthy's First Case

History Weekly, 2015

22 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2016

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Philippa Strum

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Date Written: June 11, 2015

Abstract

The first person to testify about accusations of subversion leveled by Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1950 was Dorothy Kenyon, a women's rights and civil liberties activist lawyer. McCarthy's choice of a woman as what he would call his first case reflected and added to the confusion about women's roles that was a feature of the United States in the post-World War II era.

Keywords: Dorothy Kenyon, Joseph McCarthy, communism, feminism, women's rights, Millard Tydings, ACLU, Cold War, FBI

Suggested Citation

Strum, Philippa, Dorothy Kenyon: Senator Joseph McCarthy's First Case (June 11, 2015). History Weekly, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736473

Philippa Strum (Contact Author)

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ( email )

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-3027
United States

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