Mccarthyism and the Communist Threat, 1st Edition

  • Kevin Hillstrom
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  • ISBN-10: 0780811852
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811850
  • DDC: 973.918
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released August 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Defining Moments: McCarthyism and the Communist Threat provides users with a detailed and authoritative overview of the rise and fall of Senator Joseph McCarthy - and the impact of the phenomenon known as McCarthyism - on the politics and culture of the United States. The preparation and arrangement of this reflect an emphasis on providing a thorough and objective account of events that shaped our nation, presented in an easy-to-use reference work.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
How to Use This Book.
Research Topics for Defining Moments: McCarthyism and the Communist Threat.
1: Narrative Overview.
2: Prologue.
3: Early American Fears about the “Red Menace”.
4: HUAC and the Early Cold War.
5: The Rise of Joe McCarthy.
6: The Impact of McCarthyism on American Life.
7: McCarthy’s Stunning Political Collapse.
8: The Legacy of the McCarthy Era.
9: Biographies.
10: Cohn, Roy (1927-1986).
11: Dies, Martin (1900-1972).
12: Hiss, Alger (1904-1996).
13: Hoover, J. Edgar (1895-1972).
14: McCarthy, Joseph (1908-1957).
15: Miller, Arthur (1915-2005).
16: Murrow, Edward R. (1908-1965).
17: Welch, Joseph (1890-1960).
Primary Sources.
The Smith Act Takes Aim at American Communists.
Hollywood Studios Issue “The Waldorf Statement”.
A Communist Screenwriter Defies the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss Testify before HUAC.
The Speech That Launched McCarthy’s Political Rise.
Margaret Chase Smith’s Declaration of Conscience.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Receive Death Sentences for Treason.
Ronald Reagan Assesses Hollywood’s Progress against the Reds.
Edward R. Murrow Takes on McCarthy.
The Army-McCarthy Hearings Bring McCarthy Down.
The Senate Condemns McCarthy.
Playwright Arthur Miller Recalls the McCarthy Era.
A Conservative Writer Defends the Legitimacy of Questions about the “al-Qaeda Seven”.
A Liberal Columnist Condemns the “al-Qaeda Seven” Video as Modern-Day McCarthyism.
Important People, Places, and Terms.
Sources for Further Study.
Photo and Illustration Credits.