Alger Hiss was an American citizen who was accused in 1948 for being a spy for the Soviet Union. He was also convicted of perjury.
November 14, 1908 - May 2, 1957
Joseph McCarthy was well known for alleging that many spies from the Soviet Union were currently working for the U.S. government with no evidence. He caused panic, and was voted out of office.
July 23, 1921 - October 1949
In 1921, mainland China fell to Communism, which began during the French Concession.
1940 - September 1, 1948
The Smith Act, also known as the Alien Registration Act, stated that it was a criminal offense to advocate for a violent overthrow of the government.
In 1947, ten directors, screenwriters, and producers were tried by the House Un-American Activities Committee for being involved in Communist affairs. They refused to speak on the topic, and were jailed for one year.
August 9, 1949
The Soviet Union tested the First Lightning secretly in Kazakhstan at a test site.
June 27, 1952
This act was put in place to protect the U.S. from un-American activities by demanding registration of Communist organizations. This caused less tension between the U.S., and immigrants from other countries.
Julius and Ethel Rosenburg were convicted for planning to give U.S. secrets on the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. They both pleaded innocence until they were killed by electric chair.