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Artist:
Arnold A. Newman, 3 Mar 1918 - 6 Jun 2006  Search this
Sitter:
Joseph Nye Welch, 22 Oct 1890 - 6 Oct 1960  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 32.4 × 25.9 cm (12 3/4 × 10 3/16")
Sheet: 35.4 × 27.7 cm (13 15/16 × 10 7/8")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\Massachusetts\Suffolk\Boston
Date:
1957
Exhibition Label:
Born Primghar, Iowa
A climactic moment in the Army-McCarthy hearings occurred on June 9, 1954, during a prolonged exchange between Senator McCarthy and Joseph Welch, the attorney representing the army. The senator sought to undermine Welch by asserting that Fred Fisher, a young lawyer employed by Welch’s law firm, had once held membership in an organization McCarthy characterized as “the legal bulwark of the Communist party.”
Welch rebuked the senator, declaring, “Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad [Fisher].” When McCarthy continued to press the matter, Welch responded, “Let us not assassinate this lad, further, Senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” As McCarthy fell silent, the hearing room erupted in spontaneous applause—a signal that the tide had turned against the senator.
Nacido en Primghar, Iowa
El 9 de junio de 1954 ocurrió un suceso culminante en las audiencias Ejército-McCarthy durante un prolongado intercambio entre el senador McCarthy y Joseph Welch, abogado que representaba al Ejército. El senador intentaba socavar a Welch afirmando que Fred Fisher, un joven abogado empleado por el bufete de este, había sido miembro de una organización que, según McCarthy, era “el bastión legal del Partido Comunista”.
Welch ripostó: “No imaginaba que podía usted tener la insensatez y la crueldad de hacerle daño a ese muchacho [Fisher]”. Cuando McCarthy insistió en el asunto, Welch respondió: “No asesinemos más a este muchacho, senador. Ya ha hecho usted lo suficiente. ¿No tiene decencia, señor? ¿No le queda ya ni un ápice de decencia?”. Mientras McCarthy callaba, la sala de la audiencia estalló en aplausos, señal de que el viento había cambiado en contra del senador.
Topic:
Printed Material\Book  Search this
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Joseph Nye Welch: Male  Search this
Joseph Nye Welch: Law and Crime\Lawyer  Search this
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Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Arnold Newman
Object number:
NPG.91.89.80
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Arnold Newman
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1930-1960
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 321
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4e40d6e44-588b-40b8-907e-54f2eb2d2385
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.91.89.80