SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY
March 26, 2008
THE ANTI-COMMUNIST CRUSADE
Val Lorwin’s Story
Questions to Consider
Why Was There Such Fear of Communism?
Why Was There Fear of Communist Subversion within the United States?
How Did Actions of the Truman Administration Contribute to the Climate of Fear?
How Did Joseph McCarthy Fit into the Anti-Communist Crusade?
Cold War Fears
Suspicion of the Soviet Union
Fear of the Communist Party
The CP in America
There were communist parties at universities such as Harvard and Yale
In 1945 and 1946 70% of the us believed we could work with the Soviet
Never very big
Many who joined joined as solely as an economic alternative.
Fear of Foreign Influence
The Truman Loyalty Program
The Rhetoric of Politics
Truman made a deal to scare the hell out of Americans about communism
“All the things that we believe in are in great danger”
The Temporary Commission (1946)
Lead to the federal employee loyalty program the next year