American inquisition : the era of McCarthyism by Ellen Schrecker, Recorded Books

By Ellen Schrecker, Recorded Books

McCarthyism is the longest and such a lot common of political repression in American background. A uncomplicated realizing is confirmed as to what happened in the course of the chilly warfare purple scare of the past due 1940's and 1950's. This factor is analyzed from the views of sufferers and perpetrators. How this sort of politically repressive flow evolve in smooth post-World struggle II the United States turns into the thing of study.

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In the 1960s, the investigations included civil rights and racial issues, campus disorders, and drug trafficking. Before the subcommittee was abolished in 1977, it produced over 400 volumes of hearings and many reports. 43 b. Committees tried to call witnesses who would attract publicity. c. During election years, committee members often held hearings in their home states or districts. III. How did the committees operate? A. Selecting witnesses involved several steps. 1. Committees and their staffs worked closely with other members of the anticommunist network to identify potential witnesses and assemble evidence against them.

Why was there so little resistance to the FBI’s violations of individual rights? 3. Would it be possible for today’s FBI or a similar agency to disregard people’s rights in the same way as it did in the McCarthy era? Suggested Reading Powers, Richard Gid. Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover. New York: Free Press, 1987. Other Books of Interest Diamond, Sigmund. Compromised Campus: The Collaboration of Universities with the Intelligence Community, 1945-1955. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Several states, among them California and Ohio, set up permanent investigating committees modeled on HUAC. b. Ambitious state and local politicians often ran their own investigations. C. All the committees had similar political agendas. 1. Top priority went to investigating Communists in government, not only because the issue attracted attention, but also because it damaged the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. 2. The Communist Party’s front groups and left-wing unions were repeatedly targeted.

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