Not Without Honor: The History of American Anticommunism

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Yale University Press, 1998 - History - 554 pages
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The American anticommunist movement has been viewed as a product of right-wing hysteria that deeply scarred our society and institutions. This book restores the struggle against communism to its historic place in American life. Richard Gid Powers shows that McCarthyism, red-baiting, and black-listing were only one aspect of this struggle and that the movement was in fact composed of a wide range of Americans--Jews, Protestants, blacks, Catholics, Socialists, union leaders, businessmen, and conservatives--whose ideas and political initiatives were rooted not in ignorance and fear but in real knowledge and experience of the Communist system.

"Not Without Power is superbly written and richly detailed. Perceptive and thoughtful, it is an impressively thorough and valuable book."--David J. Garrow

"One of the contributions of [Powers's] provocative narrative history is to bring to life certain segments of anti-Communist opinion that have largely been forgotten."--Sean Wilentz, New York Times Book Review

"[Powers] makes extensive use of primary sources and uncovers much that is new. He vividly recreates the complex relationships within and between several ethnic and radical communities within the United States, including their firsthand and often disillusioning experience with communism. . . . The depth and range of his work add a great deal to knowledge."--Journal of American History

"A valuable, well-executed study and summation of a vast topic, one whose various threads the author has woven into a rich tapestry."--Richard M. Fried, Reviews in American History

 

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Powers (History/CUNY, Staten Island), author of Secrecy and Power (1987), on one of the defining concepts of 20th-century American politics. Few things have provided as clarifying a political acid ... Read full review

Contents

Lenin and Wilson
1
Red Years and Red Scares
17
A New Breed
43
Tangled in Red Webs
69
A School for Anticommunists
93
The Red Decade
117
The Alliance with Stalin
155
Cold War Anticommunism
191
Shame and Blame
319
National Scapegoat
345
Common Sense about the Present Danger
365
To the Berlin Wall
391
Epilogue
421
Notes
431
Bibliography
503
Acknowledgments
527

McCarthyism
235
Danger on the Right
273

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