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The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Books in American History) Paperback – 1 Jun 1994

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Highlighting edition (1 Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312083491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312083496
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'Schrecker's extended interpretive essay on the nature of McCarthyism and the range of documents make this a great collection. The chronology, glossary, and bibliographical essay are particularly useful for undergraduate teaching. In this new edition Schrecker has done an excellent job of assessing the significance of recent Russian archival revelations, including Communist Party involvement in Soviet espionage activities, for our understanding of what we call McCarthyism.' - James R. Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

'This documentary collection, which draws upon recently released material from archives in Moscow and Washington, is indispensable for any serious student of one of the most troubling eras in American history. Schrecker's knowledge of the field is encyclopedic, and the historical insights she shares with her readers are powerful, subtle, and persuasive.' - Maurice Isserman, Hamilton College
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Review comments on 1st edition:

'Schrecker's extended interpretive essay on the nature of McCarthyism and the range of documents make this a great collection. The chronology, glossary, and bibliographical essay are particularly useful for undergraduate teaching. In this new edition Schrecker has done an excellent job of assessing the significance of recent Russian archival revelations, including Communist Party involvement in Soviet espionage activities, for our understanding of what we call McCarthyism.' - James R. Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

'This documentary collection, which draws upon recently released material from archives in Moscow and Washington, is indispensable for any serious student of one of the most troubling eras in American history. Schrecker's knowledge of the field is encyclopedic, and the historical insights she shares with her readers are powerful, subtle, and persuasive.' - Maurice Isserman, Hamilton College

-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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This book meets the needs of both the scholar and the general reader. It provides an excellent introduction to the causes of McCarthyism and its effects on both celebrity and ordinary Americans. The content is well-balanced, in that it deals with the reality of communist entryism into US institutions whilst quantifying the limited risks that this posed to national security. The supporting source documents complement the text very effectively. The book contains a relatively small amount on McCathy himself and I look forward to the publication of Ellen Schrecker's more comprehensive volume on this subject.
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Or associated with a member of the Communist Party, or joined a group that has Communist Party members, or signed a petition or even shared a name with a member of the Communist Party? In all the above cases which are by no means exhaustive you could be in danger of coming under the "scrutiny" of Joe McCarthy's Un-American Activities Committee or one of its many off-shoots. Ellen Schrecker's short history of the McCarthy era takes a look at what happened in the McCarthy era starting with a brief 100 page history of the main period stretching from the just after the War to the end of McCarthy himself: he had moved on to attacking the Department of Defence and this rather than his attacks on Trade Unionists, Artists and Political Activists was what brought about his demise.

In addition to the short history of the period, Schrecker has included another 150 pages of primary documents that include the summing up of the Judge at the Rosenberg case; verbatim accounts of testimony at McCarthy's Un-American Activities Committee; Joseph McCarthy's "I have in my hand. . ." speech in which he claims that there are 57 (or 205 or 207 - the number varied in each rendition of the speech) Communists in the State Department; and the Supreme Courts judgments on aspects of McCarthyism including the dissenting judgement. There are also a number of photographs, including a rather ridiculous one of a young Richard Nixon hunched over some micro-film magnifying glass in hand: the micro-film was the so-called "Pumpkin papers" - allegedly secreted in a Pumpkin by Whittaker Chambers one of the Joe McCarthy's star witnesses in the "case" against Alger Hiss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read on McCarthyism 23 April 2014
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The gook is divided into two relatively equal in size parts - the first being an analysis - the second being actual documents (some with only an author selected major parts, though).

Many documents that I've only read about in different books on the Cold War - are present in the second half of the book.

This is a great read that I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Feb. 2016
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thanks
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong edition, same material 24 Mar. 2015
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Not the same edition as the one pictured. page #s vary and my teacher assigns reading by page #.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 28 Nov. 2015
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Not the easiest to understand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Got it for class. 16 April 2014
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Good book i guess. i only used it once but for the price it was okay. Buy it if you need it. lol
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