Cold War And McCarthy Era: People And Perspectives (Perspectives In American Social History), 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1598841041
  • ISBN-13: 9781598841046
  • DDC: 973.918
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 227 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released March 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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This volume offers readers the opportunity to see how the Cold War and McCarthy eras affected men, women, and children of varying backgrounds, providing a more personal examination of this important era. America's celebration of victory at the end of World War II was short lived. Rapidly escalating tensions with the Soviet Union helped spawn a new era of fear and suspicion as the United States sought to confront the threat of communism from both outside and within its borders. One man so vigorously (and recklessly) pursued Communists in the United States, that the era now commonly bears his name. Studies of the Cold War often focus on the political power players who shaped American/Soviet relations. COLD WAR AND MCCARTHY ERA:PEOPLE AND PERSPECTIVES shifts the spotlight to show how the fear of a Soviet attack and Communist infiltration affected the daily life of everyday Americans.COLD WAR AND MCCARTHY ERA gauges the impact of McCarthyism on a wide range of citizens. Chapters examine Cold War-era popular culture as well as the community-based Civil Defense Societies. Essays, key primary documents, and other reference tools further readers' understanding of how official reactions to Communist threats, both real and perceived, altered every aspect of American society. It includes: contributions from acclaimed scholars of mid-20th-century America bring a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives; a selection of primary resources, from official documents to personal correspondence and diaries, offers firsthand accounts of life in the McCarthy era. It introduces readers to the effects of the Cold War/McCarthy period as seen through the experiences of everyday citizens from a variety of backgrounds.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Introduction.
About the Editor and Contributors.
1: Catalyst of Empire: Joseph McCarthy, Anti-Communism, and Early Cold War Political Culture.
2: Federal Loyalty Oath Program.
3: McCarthy's Forgotten Defenders: Political and Social Conservatism in 1950s Pop Culture.
4: McCarthy and the Media: How the “Red Scare” Affected Radio, TV, and Film.
5: An Unlikely Team: The Social Aspects of the Ground Observer Corps.
6: McCarthyism and the Cold War against Organized Labor in the United States.
7: “Racist Saints and Communist Devils”: African Americans, McCarthyism, and the Cold War.
8: Sexuality and Gender in Cold War America: Social Experiences, Cultural Authorities, and the Roots of Political Change.
9: Mothers, Spy Queens, and Subversives: Women in the McCarthy Era.
10: Duck and Cover: Children's Cold War Experiences in 1950s America.
Primary Documents.