An analysis of the factors causing the red scare

For this reason, James P. Such ideas were not totally unfounded.

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Levin wrote that the Red Scare was "a nationwide anti-radical hysteria provoked by a mounting fear and anxiety that a Bolshevik revolution in America was imminent—a revolution that would change Church, home, marriage, civility, and the American way of Life". One way that these people were targeted was by use of the Espionage Act of Newspapers had a field day publicizing these bombings. Law professor David D. One such action taken by the government prevented Wobblies who were not yet citizens from naturalization, even if they quit their organization. In October , Congress passed the Alien Act, which gave the Secretary of Labor the power to deport " any alien who, at any time after entering the United States, is found to have been at the time of entry, or to have become thereafter a member of any anarchist organization. The effects of the Red Scare were mainly felt on the political left by individuals whose criticisms of and opposition to Red Scare tactics were largely stifled by fears of retribution. On June 19, , they were both put to death. However, during it he helped convict many in a similar situation. An ardent anticommunist, Hoover had been a key player in an earlier, though less pervasive, Red Scare in the years following World War I It also was the template for several state legislatures' loyalty acts, such as California's Levering Act. On June 2, , in eight cities, eight bombs simultaneously exploded. When the Industrial Workers of the World IWW backed several labor strikes in and , the press portrayed them as "radical threats to American society" inspired by "left-wing, foreign agents provocateurs".

McCarthy and Cohn now stood accused of abuse of power. Hoover created files on each "subversive" organization. Just as shaving the dog will keep his hair from growing.

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McCarthy was ruined—and within three years he was dead from alcohol abuse. He went on with the raids which he was so famous for. Regardless of ideological gradation, the Red Scare did not distinguish between communism , anarchism , socialism , or social democracy. Yet it was only one of many questionable activities that occurred during the period of anticommunist hysteria known as the Red Scare. Post began to reject most of the cases brought before him concerning the immigrants. Hoover had instigated and aided some of the investigations of members of the CIA with "leftist" history, like Cord Meyer. Although principally deployed against communists, the Smith Act was also used against right-wing political threats such as the German-American Bund , and the perceived racial disloyalty of the Japanese-American population, cf. Although most of what they said was only to attract attention to their cause, their rhetoric was taken seriously by the government and its officials. In , anti—communist fear, and fear of American traitors, was aggravated by the Chinese Communists winning the Chinese Civil War against the Western-sponsored Kuomintang , their founding of the People's Republic of China , and later Chinese intervention in the Korean War —53 against U. Because they anticipated what was to come, the suspect organizations worked for the repealing of the legislation aimed against them. Nationalist Americans called for a halt to this "Bolshevik Revolution" which was taking place on American soil. Alger Hiss And Communist agents had stolen classified secrets from the wartime Manhattan Project that built the atomic bomb. Because of the law's vauge language, the Justice Department convicted more than people. Accordingly, these people became targets for attack by American nationalists and the American government. The White House leaked this dossier to the press and Congress.

Congress and which modified a great deal of law to restrict civil liberties in the name of security. Roderick Siedenberg, who was a conscientious objector, wrote that "to steal, rape, or murder" are standard peacetime causes for imprisonment, but in time of war "too firm a belief in the words of Christ", and "too ardent a faith in the brotherhood of man" are more acceptable.

At the heart of the Red Scare was the conscription law of May 18,which was put in place during World War I for the armed forces to be able to conscript more Americans. However, these numbers are small in comparison with thedraft dodgers and 2, men who were inducted into the armed forces. The message was then made clear: foreign radicals were to all be deported.

Levin wrote that the Red Scare was "a nationwide anti-radical hysteria provoked by a mounting fear and anxiety that a Bolshevik revolution in America was imminent—a revolution that would change Church, home, marriage, civility, and the American way of Life".

Following the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia as well as a series of anarchist bombings on U.

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The main lesson learned is that the freedom of expression and of thought is so important, that if it is taken away, in particular by the government, justice cannot be either carried out or achieved.

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Reasons for the Red Scare