Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America

Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America

by Ellen Schrecker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691048703

ISBN-13: 9780691048703

Pub. Date: 08/09/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The McCarthy era was a bad time for freedom in America. Encompassing far more than the brief career of Senator Joseph McCarthy, it was the most widespread episode of political repression in the history of the United States. In the name of National Security, most Americans—liberal and conservative alike—supported the anti-Communist crusade that ruined so

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The McCarthy era was a bad time for freedom in America. Encompassing far more than the brief career of Senator Joseph McCarthy, it was the most widespread episode of political repression in the history of the United States. In the name of National Security, most Americans—liberal and conservative alike—supported the anti-Communist crusade that ruined so many careers, marriages, and even lives. Now Ellen Schrecker gives us the first complete post-Cold War account of McCarthyism. Many Are the Crimes is a frightening history of an era that still resonates with us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691048703
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/09/1999
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
With a New preface to the paperback edition by Ellen Schrecker
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix

Introduction xi

PART ONE: ANTECEDENTS

Chapter 1: "We Were Sitting Ducks": The World of American Communism 3

Chapter 2: "Red-Baiters, Inc.": The Development of an Anticommunist Network 42

Chapter 3: "In the Interest of National Security": Anticommunism and the Roosevelt Administration 86

PART TWO: REPRESENTATIONS

Chapter 4: "They Are Everywhere": The Communist Image 119

Chapter 5: "A Great and Total Danger": The Nature of the Communist Threat 154

PART THREE: INSTRUMENTS

Chapter 6: "A Job for Professionals": The FBI and Anticommunism 203

Chapter 7: "In the Gutter": The Anticommunism of Joe McCarthy 240

Chapter 8: "A Badge of Infamy": Anticommunist Economic Sanctions and Political Dismissals 266

PART FOUR: INTERCONNECTIONS

Chapter 9: "How Red Is a Valley": Clinton Jencks and His Union 309

Chapter 10: "A Good Deal of Trauma": The Impact of McCarthyism 359

Acknowledgments 417

Abbreviations 419

Sources 421

Notes 431

Index 551

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