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Army-McCarthy Hearings End In Death Of McCarthyism - 1954

Sunday, June 17, 2007

On June 17th 1954 the fully televised Army-McCarthy hearings ended, where the U.S. Army had accused Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (Republican, Wisconsin), and his chief counsel, Roy Cohn, of pressuring the Army to give preferential treatment to former McCarthy aide and friend of Cohn's, G. David Schine.

The hearings were televised, and many believe that they contributed significantly to McCarthy's subsequent decline in popularity.

This 10 minute documentary was made for and presented at the 2007 National History Day competition.

A month before the hearings began, TIME featured a cover story March 22, 1954, picturing Cohn and Schine and subtitled "The Army got its orders. Ten years after the hearings, in 1964, the documentary film Point of Order! was released, which consists of 93 minutes of footage selected from the 187 hours of kinescope that covered the hearings. (Review of Point of Order at Rotten Tomatoes)

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