SAT Subject US History Practice Question 297: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 297

8. I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still work ing and shaping the policy of the State Department. This statement began a brief period in U.S. history that became known for

A. reform
B. Reconstruction
C. McCarthyism
D. Watergate
E. Reaganomics

Correct Answer: C


Senator Joseph McCarthy made this groundless statement at a press conference, unleashing a flood of anticommunist vitriol and suspicion known as McCarthyism.

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