Dorothy Kenyon: Senator Joseph McCarthy's First Case
History Weekly, 2015
22 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2016
Date Written: June 11, 2015
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
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