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Spider web : the birth of American anticommunism

Author: Nick Fischer
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2016. ©2016
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"The McCarthy-era witch hunts marked the culmination of an anticommunist crusade launched after the First World War. With Bolshevism triumphant in Russia and public discontent shaking the United States, conservatives at every level of government and business created a network dedicated to sweeping away the 'spider web' of radicalism they saw threatening the nation. In this groundbreaking study, Nick Fischer shines a  Read more...
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Fischer, Nick.
Spider web.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016003063
(OCoLC)926062534
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Fischer
ISBN: 9780252098222 0252098226
OCLC Number: 948297292
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Chapter 1. The Origins of American Anticommunism, ca. 1860-1917 --
Chapter 2. The First World War and the Origins of the Red Scare --
Chapter 3. Here Come the Bolsheviks! : The Russian Revolution and the Red Scare --
Chapter 4. The Spider Web Chart --
Chapter 5. Mapping a Political Network : The Anticommunist Spider Web --
Chapter 6. John Bond Trevor, Radicals, Eugenics, and Immigration --
Chapter 7. Jacob Spolansky : The Rise of the Career Anticommunist Spook --
Chapter 8. The Better America Federation and Big Business's War on Labor --
Chapter 9. Political Repression and Culture War --
Chapter 10. Anticommunism and Political Terror --
Chapter 11. The Mythology of Anticommunism --
Chapter 12. Antidemocracy and Authoritarianism --
Conclusion: Legacies of the Spider Web --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Nick Fischer.

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"The McCarthy-era witch hunts marked the culmination of an anticommunist crusade launched after the First World War. With Bolshevism triumphant in Russia and public discontent shaking the United States, conservatives at every level of government and business created a network dedicated to sweeping away the 'spider web' of radicalism they saw threatening the nation. In this groundbreaking study, Nick Fischer shines a light on right-wing activities during the interwar period. Conservatives, eager to dispel communism's appeal to the working class, railed against a supposed Soviet-directed conspiracy composed of socialists, trade unions, peace and civil liberties groups, feminists, liberals, aliens, and Jews. Their rhetoric and power made for devastating weapons in their systematic war for control of the country against progressive causes. But, as Fischer shows, the term spider web far more accurately described the anticommunist movement than it did the makeup and operations of international communism. Fischer details how anticommunist myths and propaganda influenced mainstream politics in America, and how its ongoing efforts paved the way for the McCarthyite Fifties--and augured the conservative backlash that would one day transform American politics"--

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