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The second Red Scare and the unmaking of the New Deal left [electronic resource] /
Landon R.Y. Storrs.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2013.
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xii, 404 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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0691153965 (hardcover : acid-free paper), 9780691153964 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
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imprint
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2013.
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0691153965 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
9780691153964 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
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Selected Government Officials Investigated under Federal Loyalty Program -- When the Old Left Was Young ... and Went to Washington -- Allegations of Disloyalty at Labor and Consumer Agencies, 1939-1943 -- "Pinks in Minks" : The Antifeminism of the Old Right -- The Loyalty Investigations of Leon and Mary Dublin Keyserling -- Secrets and Self-Reinvention : The Making of Cold War Liberalism -- "A Soul-Searing Process" : Trauma in the Civil Service -- Loyalty Investigations and the "End of Reform" -- Appendix 1: Loyalty Case Records and Selection -- Appendix 2: Loyalty Case Summaries -- Appendix 3: Chronology of the Federal Loyalty-Security Program -- Appendix 4: Statistics of the Federal Loyalty-Security Program.
catalogue key
8846502
 
Includes bibliographical references ( p. [385]-390) and index.
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"Riveting and timely. Storrs cuts through the endless debates on the impact of the Second Red Scare to show in concrete detail how it destroyed a vibrant social-democratic tradition in American politics. Mining never before used sources, she also demonstrates how important the feminist Left was to the New Deal and how central antifeminism was to the Right. Anyone who cares about the policy challenges of our own time should read this book."-- Jacquelyn Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "This is the most original and important book on the New Deal in years. Landon Storrs reveals for the first time how conservatives silenced visionary social-democratic women and men, who came closer than we've ever realized to creating an inclusive America. With heroic detective work, Storrs has uncovered a national tragedy of epic proportions."-- Nancy MacLean, author of Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace "In this devastating yet fair-minded account of the hitherto unknown impact of the federal loyalty-security program on the New Deals noncommunist radicals and feminists, Landon Storrs has produced what is by far the best book on the political consequences of the Cold War Red Scare in Washington."-- Ellen Schrecker, Yeshiva University "This richly detailed and fluently written study forces us to rethink the ideology of New Deal policymakers, both women and men, and the aims of their well-entrenched conservative opponents. As Storrs makes clear, the political conflict that raged during the 1930s and 1940s has, in many ways, continued into our own time."-- Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation "This important book provides a fresh look at the chilling effect of the loyalty hearings in 1940s and 1950s America. Storrs argues that the anticommunist crusade had an impact above and beyond ruining lives. It changed the political discourse of the country, undermined any move toward social democracy, impeded feminism, and was far more corrosive than we think. The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left is an outstanding work of scholarship."-- Allan M. Winkler, author of The Cold War
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"Riveting and timely. Storrs cuts through the endless debates on the impact of the Second Red Scare to show in concrete detail how it destroyed a vibrant social-democratic tradition in American politics. Mining never before used sources, she also demonstrates how important the feminist Left was to the New Deal and how central antifeminism was to the Right. Anyone who cares about the policy challenges of our own time should read this book."--Jacquelyn Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "This is the most original and important book on the New Deal in years. Landon Storrs reveals for the first time how conservatives silenced visionary social-democratic women and men, who came closer than we've ever realized to creating an inclusive America. With heroic detective work, Storrs has uncovered a national tragedy of epic proportions."--Nancy MacLean, author of Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace "In this devastating yet fair-minded account of the hitherto unknown impact of the federal loyalty-security program on the New Deal's noncommunist radicals and feminists, Landon Storrs has produced what is by far the best book on the political consequences of the Cold War Red Scare in Washington."--Ellen Schrecker, Yeshiva University "This richly detailed and fluently written study forces us to rethink the ideology of New Deal policymakers, both women and men, and the aims of their well-entrenched conservative opponents. As Storrs makes clear, the political conflict that raged during the 1930s and 1940s has, in many ways, continued into our own time."--Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation "This important book provides a fresh look at the chilling effect of the loyalty hearings in 1940s and 1950s America. Storrs argues that the anticommunist crusade had an impact above and beyond ruining lives. It changed the political discourse of the country, undermined any move toward social democracy, impeded feminism, and was far more corrosive than we think. The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left is an outstanding work of scholarship."--Allan M. Winkler, author of The Cold War
Flap Copy
"This important book provides a fresh look at the chilling effect of the loyalty hearings in 1940s and 1950s America. Storrs argues that the anticommunist crusade had an impact above and beyond ruining lives. It changed the political discourse of the country, undermined any move toward social democracy, impeded feminism, and was far more corrosive than we think. The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left is an outstanding work of scholarship."--Allan M. Winkler, author of The Cold War
Flap Copy
"This richly detailed and fluently written study forces us to rethink the ideology of New Deal policymakers, both women and men, and the aims of their well-entrenched conservative opponents. As Storrs makes clear, the political conflict that raged during the 1930s and 1940s has, in many ways, continued into our own time."--Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation "In this devastating yet fair-minded account of the hitherto unknown impact of the federal loyalty-security program on the New Deal's noncommunist radicals and feminists, Landon Storrs has produced what is by far the best book on the political consequences of the Cold War Red Scare in Washington."--Ellen Schrecker, Yeshiva University "This important book provides a fresh look at the chilling effect of the loyalty hearings in 1940s and 1950s America. Storrs argues that the anticommunist crusade had an impact above and beyond ruining lives. It changed the political discourse of the country, undermined any move toward social democracy, impeded feminism, and was far more corrosive than we think. The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left is an outstanding work of scholarship."--Allan M. Winkler, author of The Cold War
Flap Copy
"This richly detailed and fluently written study forces us to rethink the ideology of New Deal policymakers, both women and men, and the aims of their well-entrenched conservative opponents. As Storrs makes clear, the political conflict that raged during the 1930s and 1940s has, in many ways, continued into our own time."--Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation "This important book provides a fresh look at the chilling effect of the loyalty hearings in 1940s and 1950s America. Storrs argues that the anticommunist crusade had an impact above and beyond ruining lives. It changed the political discourse of the country, undermined any move toward social democracy, impeded feminism, and was far more corrosive than we think. The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left is an outstanding work of scholarship."--Allan M. Winkler, author of The Cold War
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2013-03-01:
Storrs (Univ. of Iowa) draws on her previous study (Civilizing Capitalism: The National Consumers' League, Women's Activism, and Labor Standards in the New Deal Era, CH, Sep'00, 38-0396) plus a wide range of primary and secondary sources in this fascinating book. She focuses on the lives of a group of New Deal government employees (particularly women) with left-wing political views who became targets of loyalty investigations beginning in the late 1930s and continuing into the 1960s. The roughly chronological chapters (with one chapter on the plight of Leon and Mary Dublin Keyserling) argue that the continuing investigations by anticommunist politicians and the FBI, connected with journalists and their business allies, led to the crippling of New Deal programs. Storrs focuses on the gender, racial, and even anti-Jewish aspects of the devastating political purge. She has uncovered many fascinating stories of dedicated public servants whose careers were cut short, with a chilling impact on government programs, and further documents the negative aspects of the anticommunist crusade beginning during the New Deal and long continuing. Helpful illustrations and notes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. R. D. Cohen emeritus, Indiana University Northwest
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[F]ascinating. . . . [Storrs] has uncovered many fascinating stories of dedicated public servants whose careers were cut short, with a chilling impact on government programs, and further documents the negative aspects of the anticommunist crusade beginning during the New Deal and long continuing.
"[F]ascinating. . . . [Storrs] has uncovered many fascinating stories of dedicated public servants whose careers were cut short, with a chilling impact on government programs, and further documents the negative aspects of the anticommunist crusade beginning during the New Deal and long continuing."-- Choice
"[I]mportant, portentous work . . . the means by which the once powerful American Left was reduced to stigmatized impotence were far from pretty. In fact, Storrs argues convincingly that historians have yet to grasp just how ugly they were."-- David Hawkes, Times Literary Supplement
"Storrs provides a fascinating account of how we lost our path to a New Deal by succumbing to the politics of fear."-- Alice Kessler-Harris, Women's Review of Books
[W]ell-documented and tidily written.
"[W]ell-documented and tidily written."-- Jim Burns, pennilesspress
Why is there no socialism in the United States? In this book, University of Iowa history professor Landon R. Y. Storrs proposes a new answer: Much more than previously supposed, left-leaning policy makers were targeted by government 'loyalty' investigations and intimidated into adopting conservative ideas. In making the argument, Storrs does a lot of spectacular things.
"Why is there no socialism in the United States? In this book, University of Iowa history professor Landon R. Y. Storrs proposes a new answer: Much more than previously supposed, left-leaning policy makers were targeted by government 'loyalty' investigations and intimidated into adopting conservative ideas. In making the argument, Storrs does a lot of spectacular things."-- Rick Perlstein, Bookforum
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Summaries
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Through a narrative based on new sources, Storrs demonstrates how the Second Red Scare undermined the reform potential of the New Deal and crippled the American welfare state.
Main Description
The loyalty investigations triggered by the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s marginalized many talented women and men who had entered government service during the Great Depression seeking to promote social democracy as a means to economic reform. Their influence over New Deal policymaking and their alliances with progressive labor and consumer movements elicited a powerful reaction from conservatives, who accused them of being subversives. Landon Storrs draws on newly declassified records of the federal employee loyalty program--created in response to fears that Communists were infiltrating the U.S. government--to reveal how disloyalty charges were used to silence these New Dealers and discredit their policies. Because loyalty investigators rarely distinguished between Communists and other leftists, many noncommunist leftists were forced to leave government or deny their political views. Storrs finds that loyalty defendants were more numerous at higher ranks of the civil service than previously thought, and that many were women, or men with accomplished leftist wives. Uncovering a forceful left-feminist presence in the New Deal, she shows how opponents on the Right exploited popular hostility to powerful women and their "effeminate" spouses. The loyalty program not only destroyed many promising careers, it prohibited discussion of social democratic policy ideas in government circles, narrowing the scope of political discourse to this day. Through a gripping narrative based on remarkable new sources, Storrs demonstrates how the Second Red Scare undermined the reform potential of the New Deal and crippled the American welfare state.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Abbreviations Used in Textp. xi
Selected Government Officials Investigated under the Federal Loyalty Programp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
When the Old Left Was Young ... and Went to Washingtonp. 16
Allegations of Disloyalty at Labor and Consumer Agencies, 1939-43p. 51
"Pinks in Minks": The Antifeminism of the Old Rightp. 86
The Loyalty Investigations of Mary Dublin Keyserling and Leon Keyserlingp. 107
Secrets and Self-Reinvention: The Making of Cold War Liberalismp. 147
"A Soul-Searing Process": Trauma in the Civil Servicep. 177
Loyalty Investigations and the "End of Reform"p. 205
Conclusionp. 259
Loyalty Case Records and Selectionp. 265
Case Summariesp. 268
Chronology of the Federal Loyalty-Security Programp. 286
Statistics of the Federal Loyalty-Security Programp. 291
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Notesp. 295
Selected Bibliography of Primary Sourcesp. 385
Indexp. 391
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