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The age of McCarthyism : a brief history with documents

Author: Ellen Schrecker
Publisher: New York : Palgrave, ©2002.
Series: Bedford series in history and culture (Palgrave (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
" ... Combines a comprehensive essay on the history of McCarthyism with compelling documents that trace the course of anti-Communist furor in the US. The volume's 95-page essay follows the campaign against domestic subversion from its origins in the 1939s, through its escalation in the 1940s, to its decline in the 1950s. The second part includes more than 47 original documents (including 6 new sources)  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Joseph McCarthy; Joseph McCarthy; Joseph McCarthy
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen Schrecker
ISBN: 0312294255 0312393199 9780312294250 9780312393199
OCLC Number: 49044852
Description: xii, 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: The age of McCarthyism. The American Communist Party ; The growth of the anti-Communist network ; Communism and national security : the menace emerges ; The state steps in : setting the anti-Communist agenda ; Communists in government and the big spy cases ; Atomic espionage ; The Loyalty-Security Program ; The assault on the Communist Party ; The destruction of the Communist fronts and unions ; Congressional committees and unfriendly witnesses ; Red-baiting and careerism : Joseph McCarthy at work ; Congressional investigations and the "loss" of China ; Anticommunism at the state and local levels ; Blacklists and other economic sanctions ; Liberals and the struggle against McCarthyism ; The legacy of McCarthyism --
The documents. The world of American communism : party members talk about their experiences --
From the Communist Party's perspective : William Z. Foster looks at the world in 1947 --
The communist menace : an American Legion view --
To quarantine communism : J. Edgar Hoover speaks to the American people --
Communist spies in the State Department : the emergence of the Hiss case --
Atomic espionage and the Rosenberg case --
The Truman administration deals with the Communist menace : the 1947 Loyalty-Security Program --
A political test for employment : the Loyalty-Security Program in operation --
Guilt by designation : the Attorney General's list --
Communism in court : excerpts from the 1949 Smith Act Trial of the Communist Party's eleven top leaders --
Outlawing the Communist Party : the Supreme Court upholds the Smith Act --
A liberal opposes anti-Communist legislation : Truman vetoes the Internal Security Act of 1950 --
Purging the labor movement : the CIO expels its left-wing unions --
The dilemma of an unfriendly witness : Lillian Hellman takes the Fifth Amendment --
"Are you now--?" : HUAC investigates Hollywood --
"I have in my hand--
" : Senator Joseph McCarthy charges that there are Communists in the State Department --
The Hollywood blacklist begins : studio heads fire the Hollywood Ten --
The blacklisters' Bible : Red Channels --
The blacklist in operation : testimony from the John Henry Faulk Trial --
Unfriendly witnesses and their lawyers : the HUAC testimony of Robert Treuhaft --
Heresy and conspiracy : a Cold War liberal view of the Communist threat --
A liberal deplores the witch-hunt : Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas on "The Black Silence of Fear" --
Appendixes. Glossary ; A McCarthyism chronology (1917-1976) ; Interpreting McCarthyism : a bibliographical essay.
Series Title: Bedford series in history and culture (Palgrave (Firm))
Responsibility: Ellen Schrecker.
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The first is a compelling essay of about one-hundred pages in which the author discusses the origins and escalation of the anti-communist campaign in the U.S. in the thirties and forties and how that  Read more...


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