When The Red Scare Came For America's Favorite Redhead

Lucille Ball in a 1955 film still for I Love Lucy episode "Face to Face." (CBS Television/Wikimedia Commons)

At the dawn of the Cold War in the 1940s and '50s, the so-called "red scare" swept through a United States that became obsessed with sniffing out what they were convinced was a secret political and cultural shift toward Communism in their midst. At the head of the witch hunt was Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, who established the House Un-American Activities Committee to investigate everyone from W.E.B Du Bois to Albert Einstein and Arthur Miller (who later wrote The Crucible, his classic play about the Salem witch trials, as a metaphor for his own experience). In 1953, McCarthy even set his sights on one of America's sweethearts, I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball.