Red Alert!: Educators Confront the Red Scare in American Public Schools, 1947-1954

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P. Lang, 2000 - Education - 274 pages
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Typically referred to as the -red scare- or -McCarthy- era, the period from 1947 to 1954 proved particularly exacting for educators in America's public schools. "Red Alert " details the profound impact that the red scare had on educational policy and practice as well as examines professional educators' cautious response to anti-communist repression. In particular, "Red Alert " focuses on the work of the National Education Association's Defense Commission and its singular, and often fruitless, efforts to thwart red scare attack."

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Contents

The Power and Ubiquity of the Red Scare in
11
The NEA Establishes the Defense Commission
25
The Defense Commission During Its Formative
39
Red Scare Attackers and Their Methods
57
Politics Propaganda and Public School Textbooks
83
The Activities of the Defense Commission
107
The Defense Commissions Work in the Field
139
Defense Commission Investigations
159
The Defense Commission Versus the Educational
179
Appendix A
205
Endnotes
211
Selected Bibliography
251
Index
265
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About the author (2000)

The Author: Stuart J. Foster is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science Education at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin. He is widely published on the teaching and learning of history in public schools and on the history of education.

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