THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. You may still reserve a spot for the livestream of the event on Facebook. Admission is free, however donations supporting the Cotuit Library and the Cotuit Historical Society are encouraged.
-A joint presentation by the Historical Society of Santuit & Cotuit and the Cotuit Library will feature New York Times best-selling author Larry Tye, who will discuss his new book, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy. Former U.S. Senator Paul Kirk (D-MA) will introduce the program, which will be held at Elizabeth Lowell Field in Cotuit, on Wednesday, August 5, from 4-6 PM.
- The audience will be limited to 100 and seating will be socially distanced in the home bleachers at Lowell Field.
- The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book sale/signing.
Cotuit resident and author Larry Tye got first-ever access to the senator’s personal and professional papers, along with his medical and military records, and he did the first deep dive into recently unsealed transcripts of McCarthy’s closed-door Congressional hearings. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of the archetypal American demagogue, one with special resonance in this era of political division.
In the long history of American bullies, never has one man caused so much damage in such a short time as Senator Joseph McCarthy. We still use “McCarthyism” as a shorthand for reckless accusation and guilt by association. From 1950 to 1954, McCarthy destroyed careers and even entire lives, whipping the nation into a frenzy of paranoia, accusation, loyalty oaths, and terror.