Item Details

McCarthy Trials [electronic resource]: An Exploration Through Archival Film

4 Learning (Firm)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Presenting archival footage from the anti-communist turmoil of the 1950s, this program takes viewers back to an America turning against itself, an America pushed into a state of paranoia by one man-Senator Joseph McCarthy. Historian Ben Walsh serves as a helpful guide to these newsreel materials while also making use of insightful excerpts on the topic from the 1984 Bill Moyers series A Walk Through the 20th Century (item 42066, Post-War Hopes, Cold War Dreams). Looking at McCarthy's tactics in naming and punishing alleged communist activists and supporters, as well as his use and manipulation of the media, the program is a valuable resource not only for teaching about postwar America, but also for instruction in the use of archival films.
Release Date
2006
Run Time
15 min.
Language
English
Rating
6 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 15, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Exploration Through Archival Film
Contents
  • McCarthy's Prominence (0:44)
  • How Did America Become Gripped by a 'Red Scare?' (1:37)
  • Were the McCarthy Trials Fair? (1:24)
  • Hollywood's Reaction to 'Red Scare' (1:49)
  • McCarthy Claims Government Infiltrated by Communist Spies Trials (1:13)
  • How Did McCarthy Operate? (2:45)
  • McCarthy Challenged on TV (1:57)
  • 1954 Hearing - McCarthy Trials (1:54)
  • Credits: McCarthy Trials: An Exploration Through Archival Film (0:25)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2006.
Publisher no.
44492 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (15 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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