America in the 1950s was a pretty crazy time. It was the height of the Cold War and the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union was ramping up. The American counter culture was taking root within the cities, driven by writers, poets, artists and musicians. Television was dramatically transforming the way people were informed and entertained. And fear of communism had gripped Washington so tightly that it ignited one of the single biggest witch hunts in all of history, personified by Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Committee on Un-American Activities.