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McCarthyism, The Great American Red Scare: A Documentary History Paperback – 13 Mar 1997
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Fried's book is a precise historical account of the period of the McCarthy witch-hunts from the late 1940s to the 1960s. (The News Line)
this is a useful collection for any teacher looking to enliven a course on the making of Cold War America. (Iwan Morgan, London Guildhall University, American Politics Review, no 37, March 1998)
Drawing upon a rich selection of documents, this book provides a detailed account of an extraordinary period of time when Americans were routinely persecuted because they were suspected of being insufficiently patriotic in the struggle against Communism, in particular, the Soviet Union. The persecution took various forms, from imprisonment to the purging and blacklisting of untold thousands. Fried demonstrates how the end result was to consign the American radical left to irrelevancy. Documenting both the persecuted and the persecutors, this book is the definitive reader on McCarthyism, and the American Red Scare, a period which spanned from the late 1940s to to the mid 1960s.See all Product description
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and the Pete Seeger book. I have 26 books on McCarthyism but cannot find the above.
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Therefore, this volume composed by Prof. Fried, with the most important documents about this phenomenon (laws, interrogations, judgments ...) is a most useful reminder of what really happened. Also, his analysis of the facts is objective and to the point.
Prof. Fried defines the red scare as 'a mass phenomenon that may have comprised a majority of the electorate, with one abiding passion, that Communism was the sum of human iniquity and that to destroy it all means were justified'. (p. 118)
Some of the villains (R. Reagan, R. Nixon, A. Schlesinger Jr., E. Kazan, L.J. Cobb) in this shameful episode of US politics, made brilliant careers afterwards.
The justification by those who accused colleagues and friends could be right (e. g. Kazan: The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy), but it was a most inhuman behaviour.
As Lillian Hellman wrote: 'But to hurt innocent people whom I knew many years ago in order to save myself is, to me, inhuman and indecent and dishonorable. I cannot and will not cut my conscience'. (p.138)
The overwhelming majority of the accused dropped for good out of their profession. Only a few, like directors Jules Dassin and Joseph Losey, found work in Europe.
I must recommend the above mentioned book by Peter Dale Scott, who gives a brilliant analysis of MacCarthyism: who really pulled the strings behind the veil and why it was abruptly stopped.
A most necessary reminder of an unnecessary and unjustified witch-hunt.