Friday, February 26, 2016

Strum on Joseph McCarthy's First Case

Philippa Strum, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has posted Dorothy Kenyon: Senator Joseph Mccarthy's First Case, which originally appeared in History Weekly (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.