Anti-Communism in Twentieth-Century America: A Critical History

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In the United States today, communism is an ideology or political movement that barely registers in the consciousness of our nation. Yet merely half a century ago, "communist" was a buzzword that every citizen in our nation was aware of—a term that connoted "traitor" and almost certainly a characterization that most Americans were afraid of.

Anti-Communism in Twentieth-Century America: A Critical History provides a panoramic perspective of the types of anti-communists in the ...

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Overview

In the United States today, communism is an ideology or political movement that barely registers in the consciousness of our nation. Yet merely half a century ago, "communist" was a buzzword that every citizen in our nation was aware of—a term that connoted "traitor" and almost certainly a characterization that most Americans were afraid of.

Anti-Communism in Twentieth-Century America: A Critical History provides a panoramic perspective of the types of anti-communists in the United States between 1919 and the collapse of the Soviet Union. It explains the causes and exceptional nature of anti-communism in the United States, and divides it into eight discrete categories. This title then thoroughly examines the words and deeds of the various anti-Communists in each of these categories during the three "Red Scares" in the past century. The work concludes with an unapologetic assessment of domestic anti-communism. This book allows readers to more fully comprehend what the anti-communists meant with their rhetoric, and grasp their impact on the United States during the 20th century and beyond—for example, how anti-communism has reappeared as anti-terrorism.

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"Ceplair (emer., history, Santa Monica College) has written an engaging survey of anticommunism in the 20th-century US. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440800474
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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