The age of McCarthyism : a brief history with documents / Ellen Schrecker.

Schrecker, Ellen [Browse]
Boston : Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, c1994.
xiv, 274 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


The Bedford series in history and culture.
Summary note
This documentary history fills a long-standing need for a short yet comprehensive treatment of McCarthyism. The book is divided into two sections. The first is a compelling essay of about one-hundred pages in which the author discusses the origins and escalation of the anti-Communist campaign in the U.S. in the thirties and forties and how that campaign functioned and eventually sputtered to an end in the fifties. The second part of the book consists of twenty-two original documents - transcripts from congressional hearings, FBI reports, speeches, etc. - which illustrate the issues and events the author discusses in her essay. Also included in the volume is an extensive bibliographical essay on scholarly debates surrounding McCarthyism from the 1950s onward, a chronology, and photographs and cartoons from the period.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-262) and index.
Action note
Committed to retain in perpetuity — ReCAP Shared Collection (HUL)
  • pt. 1. The Age of McCarthyism. 1. The American Communist Party. 2. The Growth of the Anti-Communist Network. 3. Communism and National Security: The Menace Emerges. 4. The State Steps In: Setting the Anti-Communist Agenda. 5. Communists in Government and the Big Spy Cases. 6. Atomic Espionage. 7. The Loyalty-Security Program. 8. The Assault on the Communist Party. 9. The Destruction of the Communist Fronts and Unions. 10. Congressional Committees and Unfriendly Witnesses. 11. Red-Baiting and Careerism: Joseph McCarthy at Work. 12. Congressional Investigations and the "Loss" of China. 13. Anticommunism at the State and Local Levels. 14. Blacklists and Other Economic Sanctions. 15. Liberals and the Struggle against McCarthyism. 16. The Legacy of McCarthyism --^
  • pt. 2. The Documents. 1. The World of American Communism: Party Members Talk about Their Experiences. A Communist in Harlem / Howard Johnson. A New York City Schoolteacher in the Party / David Friedman. A Longtime Woman Activist in the Party / Marge Frantz. A Rank-and-File Communist in the 1950s / Rose Krysak. 2. From the Communist Party's Perspective: William Z. Foster Looks at the World in 1947. The New Europe / William Z. Foster. 3. The Communist Menace: An American Legion View. How You Can Fight Communism / James F. O'Neil. 4. To Quarantine Communism: J. Edgar Hoover Speaks to the American People. Testimony before HUAC, March 26, 1947 / J. Edgar Hoover. 5. Communist Spies in the State Department: The Emergence of the Hiss Case. Testimony before HUAC, August 3, 1948 / Whittaker Chambers. Testimony before HUAC, August 5, 1948 / Alger Hiss. Testimony before HUAC, August 7, 1948 / Whittaker Chambers. Testimony before HUAC, August 16, 1948 / Alger Hiss.^
  • Testimony before HUAC, August 17, 1948 / Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss. Statement to the FBI, December 3, 1948 / Whittaker Chambers. Letter to John Lowenthal, October 14, 1992 / Dmitri Volkogonov. 6. Atomic Spies or Cold War Martyrs? The Rosenberg Case. Confession to William Skardon, January 27, 1950 / Klaus Fuchs. Memo to the FBI Files on Harry Gold, December 28, 1950. Report in the FBI Files on Harry Gold, March 5, 1951. Sentencing of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, April 5, 1951 / Irving Kaufman. Letter to Michael Rosenberg, August 16, 1951 / Julius Rosenberg. Letter to Julius Rosenberg, February 26, 1952 / Ethel Rosenberg. Letter to Ethel Rosenberg, April 13, 1952 / Julius Rosenberg. Letter to Ethel Rosenberg, May 31, 1953 / Julius Rosenberg. 7. The Truman Administration Deals with the Communist Menace: The 1947 Loyalty-Security Program. Executive Order 9835, March 21, 1947 / Harry S. Truman. 8. A Political Test for Employment: The Loyalty-Security Program in Operation.^
  • The Federal Loyalty-Security Program: Case 1. The Federal Loyalty-Security Program: Case 2. 9. Guilt by Designation: The Attorney General's List. The Attorney General's List of Totalitarian, Fascist, Communist, Subversive, and Other Organizations. 10. Communism in Court: Excerpts from the 1949 Smith Act Trial of the Communist Party's Eleven Top Leaders. Opening Statement on Behalf of the Government, March 21, 1949 / John F.X. McGohey. Opening Statement on Behalf of the Communist Party, March 21, 1949 / Eugene Dennis. Testimony, March 1949 / Louis Budenz. 11. Outlawing the Communist Party: The Supreme Court Upholds the Smith Act. Majority Opinion in Dennis et al. v. United States / Fred Vinson. Dissenting Opinion in Dennis et al. v. United States / Hugo Black. 12. A Liberal Opposes Anti-Communist Legislation: Truman Vetoes the Internal Security Act of 1950. Veto of the Internal Security Act of 1950 / Harry S. Truman. 13. Purging the Labor Movement: The CIO Expels Its Left-Wing Unions.^
  • Resolution on Expulsion of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America. 14. The Dilemma of an Unfriendly Witness: Lillian Hellman Takes the Fifth Amendment. Letter to HUAC, May 19, 1952 / Lillian Hellman. 15. "Are You Now ...?" HUAC Investigates Hollywood. Testimony before HUAC, October 27, 1947 / John Howard Lawson. Testimony before HUAC, October 30, 1947 / Ring Lardner, Jr. 16. "I Have in My Hand ... ": Senator Joseph McCarthy Charges That There Are Communists in the State Department. Speech at Wheeling, West Virginia / Joseph McCarthy. 17. The Hollywood Blacklist Begins: Studio Heads Fire the Hollywood Ten. The Waldorf Statement, December 3, 1947. 18. The Blacklisters' Bible: Red Channels. Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television, 1950. 19. The Blacklist in Operation: Testimony from the John Henry Faulk Trial. Testimony in Faulk v. AWARE / David Susskind. Testimony in Faulk v. AWARE / Mark Goodson. Testimony in Faulk v.^
  • AWARE / Kim Hunter. Testimony in Faulk v. AWARE / Everett Sloan. 20. Unfriendly Witnesses and Their Lawyers: The HUAC Testimony of Robert Treuhaft. Testimony before HUAC, December 3, 1953 / Robert Treuhaft. 21. Heresy and Conspiracy: A Cold War Liberal View of the Communist Threat. Heresy, Yes
  • But Conspiracy, No / Sidney Hook. 22. A Liberal Deplores the Witch-Hunt: Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas on "The Black Silence of Fear" The Black Silence of Fear / William O. Douglas
  • Chronology of McCarthyism
  • Interpreting McCarthyism: A Bibliographical Essay.
  • 0312083491
  • 0312102771 (pbk.)
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