THE PRESIDENCY: McCarthyism v. Trumanism

With a vehemence which he usually reserves for the political bear pits, Harry Truman last week turned the full weight of the presidency against "McCarthyism." He did not use the word, or mention the name of Wisconsin's Senator Joseph McCarthy; but in a full-dress speech dedicating the new Washington headquarters of the American Legion, Truman left no doubt that he thought "the smear technique" could be worked both ways.

"Americanism" is under attack, he declared, by people "who are loudly proclaiming that they are its chief defenders . . . They are trying...

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