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Martin Dies in McCarthyism & Red Scare

Martin Dies (1900-1972) was a Texas Democrat who served ten terms in the United States House of Representatives between 1930 and 1958.

From 1937 to 1944, Dies headed the House Un-American Activities Committee—then usually known simply as the Dies Committee—as it began the era of intensive investigation of Communist activities in America. Dies might fairly be considered the father of McCarthyism.

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