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

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ABC-CLIO, Oct 5, 2011 - History - 372 pages

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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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Official AntiCommunism 19191939
19
2 Unofficial AntiCommunism 19191939
33
3 The Second Red Scare 19391941
53
4 World War II
65
5 Official AntiCommunism 19451948
75
6 Official AntiCommunism 19491957
91
7 Institutional AntiCommunism 19451957
113
10 CivilLibertarian AntiCommunism 19451957
171
11 The Decline and Periodic Revivals of Domestic AntiCommunism
191
Conclusion
215
Can It Happen Again? Or Is AntiTerrorism the New AntiCommunism?
221
Abbreviations
227
Notes
229
Bibliography
315
Index
353

8 ExCommunist and Conservative AntiCommunism 19451957
131
9 Liberal and LeftofLiberal AntiCommunism 19451957
153

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Larry Ceplair is professor of history emeritus at Santa Monica College, CA.

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