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Red Scare

A Study in National Hysteria, 1919-20

By (author) Robert K. Murray
Format: Hardback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, New York, United States
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US
Published: 1st Jan 1964
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
ISBN-10: 0070440751
ISBN-13: 9780070440753
Barcode No: 9780070440753

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Subtitled A Study in National Hysteria - 1919-1920, this might, with substitution of some names, be placed in the contemporary scene. The underlying hysteria lives on. The terror of domestic bolshevism is with us. Labor is continually charged with radicalism. Schools and government departments are under fire. Congressional investigations hold the limelight. Spy hunts make news. Loyalty oaths are demanded. McCarthyism is a new word-as Palmerism is forgotten. Yet many remember the tragic futility of our post-war "red scare" in 1919, when sedition and espionage legislation was prevalent, state and nationwide. It was the IWW and the Socialist bugbear then, and the beginnings of the Communist movement here. There were strikes like the Seattle General Strike, there were riots and dynamiting. There was a drive for patriotism, spelled with capital letters, and the American Legion came into being, and the KKK was revived. Employer organizations fattened. And Attn. Genl. Palmer instituted raiding devices and deportations. Liberal civic organizations came under suspicion (the Civil Liberty Union and the League of Women Voters!). Then- with returning prosperity, in January 1920, there began a return to sanity. But the aftermath we have with us, laying groundwork for Red Scare 1952-54 variety. Do we ever learn from history? Important documentary evidence here. (Kirkus Reviews)