In this succinct text, Jonathan Michaels examines the rise of anti-Communist sentiment in the postwar United States, exploring the factors that facilitated McCarthyism and assessing the long-term effects on U.S. politics and culture. McCarthyism and Postwar America offers an analysis of the ways in which fear of Communism manifested in daily American life, giving readers a rich understanding of this era of postwar American history. Including primary documents and a companion website, Michaels’ text presents a fully integrated picture of McCarthyism and the cultural climate of the U.S. in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: America and Socialism, Anarchism, and Communism
Chapter 2: The Rise of Anticommunist Sentiment
Chapter 3: The New Deal, The Fair Deal, and Liberalism
Chapter 4: Enormous Shadows: The Irrational Fear of Communists
Chapter 5: The Legacy of the Red Scare