Joseph Welch Before the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Joseph Welch suddenly appeared on the national stage in 1954 at the age of 63. Where did he come from? Who was he? Upbringing Welch was born on October 22, 1890, on a farm near the tiny Iowa town of Primghar, the youngest of seven children. His parents were poor English immigrants who came to … Continue reading Joseph Welch Before the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Joseph Welch After the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Joseph Welch’s participation in the televised Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954 brought him national prominence. We have seen a summary of those hearings and his performance as the U.S. Army’s lawyer. As a result, Welch became a celebrity. His career expanded to do new things. Television Commentator Welch appeared on various national television programs, most notably … Continue reading Joseph Welch After the Army-McCarthy Hearings

The U.S. Army’s Hiring of Attorney Joseph Welch for the Army-McCarthy Hearings

The Army had many lawyers of its own, and it had a call on lawyers from the Department of Justice. Why then did the Army decide to hire a private attorney? The answer has not been discovered. One reason could be that the Army’s chief legal Counsel, John G. Adams, was included in the charges … Continue reading The U.S. Army’s Hiring of Attorney Joseph Welch for the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Attorney Joseph Welch’s Performance at the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Attorney Joseph Welch’s legal representation of the Army in the Army-McCarthy hearings was a very difficult assignment. It was not a trial in a court with established procedural and evidentiary rules to resolve a dispute under known substantive legal principles before an independent judge or jury. That is where Welch had many years of experience. … Continue reading Attorney Joseph Welch’s Performance at the Army-McCarthy Hearings

U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Nemesis: Attorney Joseph Welch

In 1953 U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican of Wisconsin, targeted Langston Hughes, a black writer, over his alleged communism. Later that same year, McCarthy’s attention shifted to the U.S. Army when the Senator’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations began an investigation focused on an alleged spy ring at the Army Signal Corps laboratory at Fort … Continue reading U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Nemesis: Attorney Joseph Welch

U.S.Senator Joseph McCarthy Encounters Langston Hughes at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater

In 1953 the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Wisconsin Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy, purportedly was investigating the legitimacy or prudence of purchases of certain books by the U.S. Information Agency for overseas U.S. informational offices. This investigation did so, at least in part, by subpoenaing the … Continue reading U.S.Senator Joseph McCarthy Encounters Langston Hughes at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater

Senator Jeff Flake’s Courageous Defense of American Values and Democracy

On October 24  U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (Rep., AZ) gave a moving speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate rejecting President Trump’s character and actions and announcing the senator’s decision to not seek re-election in 2018.  He simultaneously extended his thoughts in the Washington Post, which commended him for his words and actions. I … Continue reading Senator Jeff Flake’s Courageous Defense of American Values and Democracy

Bobby Kennedy’s Obsession with Combatting Communist Cuba  

A new biography of Bobby Kennedy documents his obsession with Communist Cuba while he served as U.S. Attorney General in the administration of his brother, President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963).[1] Background Bobby’s obsession was fueled by the anti-communism of his father, Joseph Patrick Kennedy, a successful Boston businessman, Ambassador to Great Britain for President Franklin … Continue reading Bobby Kennedy’s Obsession with Combatting Communist Cuba  

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—TOPICAL: United States (HISTORY)

As of 10/31/17 # Date Title U.S. History, 1680-1791 256 05/07/12 Rev. Charles Edwin Brown’s Lineage in America 258 05/12/12 Ancestor’s Military Service in King George’s War 288 07/12/12 Ancestors’ Military Service in the French and Indian War 289 07/14/12 Ancestor’s Service as Leader of Leicester, Massachusetts 290 07/16/12 Great Britain’s Deteriorating Relationship with Her … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—TOPICAL: United States (HISTORY)

President Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign Against Senator Joe McCarthy

During the first two years of President Eisenhower’s first term (1953-1954), U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy (Rep., WI), was garnering national attention with his reckless charges of communist infiltration of the U.S. government, including the President’s beloved U.S. Army, which he had brilliantly served during World War II. Yet Ike, as the President was known, did … Continue reading President Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign Against Senator Joe McCarthy