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The great "Red menace" : United States prosecution of American Communists, 1947-1952 /
Peter L. Steinberg.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1985.
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xiv, 311 p. --
ISBN
031323020X (lib. bdg.)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1985.
isbn
031323020X (lib. bdg.)
catalogue key
2993180
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Long Description
During the years 1947-1952 the Cold War, the anti- communist foreign policy of the U.S. government, and the reassertion by the American Communist party of its allegiance to the Soviet Union, the international communist movement, and a literal Marxist-Leninist ideology gradually gave rise to an anti-communist hysteria and to the repression and persecution of American Communists. Author Peter L. Steinberg shows that both the Truman Administration and the Communist Party were in part responsible for the McCarthy era that followed. Both were reacting to the ideologiical warfare conducted by J. Edgar Hoover. Using his allies in government, Hoover took advantage of the Cold War atmosphere to demand demonstrable action against communists. The Truman Administration responded with a loyalty program that seemed to legitimze the American people's worst fears, leading to demands for further action. The Communist Party's decision to "go underground" played into the hands of its enemies. Steinberg sees the attack on American communists as a necessary prelude to the demand for patriotic conformity and as a factor contributing to the development of an internal political police.
Long Description
During the years 1947-1952 the Cold War, the anti- communist foreign policy of the U.S. government, and the reassertion by the American Communist party of its allegiance to the Soviet Union, the international communist movement, and a literal Marxist-Leninist ideology gradually gave rise to an anti-communist hysteria and to the repression and persecution of American Communists. Author Peter L. Steinberg shows that both the Truman Administration and the Communist Party were in part responsible for the McCarthy era that followed. Both were reacting to the ideologiical warfare conducted by J. Edgar Hoover. Using his allies in government, Hoover took advantage of the Cold War atmosphere to demand demonstrable action against communists. The Truman Administration responded with a loyalty program that seemed to legitimze the American people's worst fears, leading to demands for further action. The Communist Party's decision to go underground played into the hands of its enemies. Steinberg sees the attack on American communists as a necessary prelude to the demand for patriotic conformity and as a factor contributing to the development of an internal political police.
Table of Contents
Recent Titles In Contributions in American Historyp. ii
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Notesp. xiv
An Internal Cold Warp. 3
Notesp. 14
The Politics of Disloyaltyp. 19
Notesp. 31
The Politics Of Anticommunismp. 35
Notesp. 53
Private Disunity Public Disasterp. 59
Notesp. 83
An Indictment Of Democracyp. 87
Notesp. 111
A Freezing of the Internal Cold Warp. 115
Reacting to the Past Preparing for the Futurep. 141
Notesp. 153
A Trial of Ideasp. 157
Notesp. 177
""Right Thinking Americans""p. 181
Notesp. 214
The Deep Freezep. 223
Notesp. 254
An Epilogue: the Fruits Of Repressionp. 261
Notesp. 283
Conclusionp. 289
Notesp. 292
Bibliographical Essayp. 293
Indexp. 301
About the Authorp. 313
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