Internal Security Act, 1950

   Also known as the McCarran Act or McCarran-Wood Act, the Internal Security Act passed on 23 September 1950 required communist organizations and their officials to register with the attorney general and excluded members of such organizations from the federal government. The act also provided for the exclusion, deportation, or denial of passports to members of communist organizations. The act was introduced by Democrat Pat McCarran and the chair of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Democratic representative John Stephen Wood, and it reflected the widespread fear of subversion during the period of McCarthyism. It was passed over President Harry S. Truman’s veto.
   See also Communist Party Of The United States Of America (CPUSA).

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