The exaggerated anti-Communist crusade of Senator Joseph McCarthy allegedly gained the support of a majority of Americans during the early 1950's. It is historically important and interesting to question that supposition by considering the character of McCarthy's following in each state. This study shows that in Utah sympathy for the second Red Scare abounded and evidences of McCarthyism were readily apparent.
Three indicators illustrate Utah's support for the Wisconsin senator. The defeat of Elbert Thomas in 1950 dramatically epitomizes the successful use of incriminating allegations effectively employed by McCarthy. The election, or re-election, of McCarthy supporters and the defeat of at least one critic (Reva Beck Bosone) indicates voter sentiment. Finally, the apparent advocacy of numerous civic leaders for the senator's accomplishments and methods provided Utahns with ecclesiastical and social justification for his questionable exploits.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Swanson, Richard, "McCarthyism in Utah" (1977). Theses and Dissertations. 5154.
Anti-communist movements, Utah, United States, Politics, government