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In this succinct text, Jonathan Michaels examines the rise of anti-communist sentiment in the postwar United States, exploring the factors that facilitated McCarthyism and assessing the long-term effects on US politics and culture. McCarthyism:The Realities, Delusions and Politics Behind the 1950s Red Scare offers an analysis of the ways in which fear of communism manifested in daily American life, giving readers a rich understanding of this era of postwar American history. Including primary documents and a companion website, Michaels’ text presents a fully integrated picture of McCarthyism and the cultural climate of the United States in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Chapter 1: America and Socialism, Anarchism, and Communism
Chapter 2: The Rise of Anticommunist Sentiment
Chapter 3: The New Deal, The Fair Deal, and Liberalism
Chapter 4: Enormous Shadows: The Irrational Fear of Communists
Chapter 5: The Legacy of the Red Scare