The Red Scare

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The Red Scare and the Conflict Between Labor and Capital The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti , Ben Shahn, 1931- 32
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Why the Red Scare in 1919? Consider: The capitalistic nature of the U.S. economy, politics, and society. The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 in Russia, where workers overthrew the czarist autocracy, took control of the means of production, and advanced rhetoric about worldwide revolution. Wartime hysteria and draconian attacks on free speech via Espionage and Sedition acts. Anti-foreign, anti-immigrant feeling in U.S. Postwar inflation, lay-offs, and strikes. The frenzy stirred by a sensation-seeking press that portrayed the terrorist acts of a few deluded individuals as
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Unformatted text preview: a wide-ranging revolutionary conspiracy. • The failure of political leadership. An example of wartime hysteria: Eugene Debs, who received nearly a million votes as the Sot presidential candidate in 1912, spent ten years in prison for opposing WWI. More Sots in jail "Enemy aliens” being rounded up at Gloucester, N.J., 1918. A contemporary commentary on U.S. labor (left) and foreign-influenced radicalism and militancy (right) Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge inspects the militia during the Boston police strike, 1919. Sacco and Vanzetti...
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