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McCarthyism and the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s.docx

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Wilfrid Laurier University
Darren Mulloy

McCarthyism and the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s McCarthy is a republican in 1950, he speaks at a women‟s club,. He says he has a list that contains the names of 205 people who are communist in the state department. (very drastic accusation, like saying theirs 205 alequeada members in government today) Key Players Harry S. Truman J. Edgar Hover Richard Nixon FBI Justice Department HUAC ( House Committee on Un-American Activities) The First Red Scare 1919-20 The Great War 1914-18 (US joins 1917) The Russian Revolution 1917 Comintern 1919, is a insuttion to spread communism around the world Espionage Act 1917 out laws any public statement that would obstruct the war effort or aid the enemy Immigration Act 1917 bars anyone to a revolutionary organization you are not allowed to enter the states, can be deported back to home country if found in the states Sedition Act 1918: Makes any “disloyal” opinion punishable with up to 20 years in prison, could mean demeaning references to the American flag or American government. Major Unrest in 1919 -Settle General Strike (Mayor Hanson calls in the troops) -May Day rioting -36 Bombs explode (Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer) thought to be anarchists The Palmer Raids -7 November 1919- 12 cities, 300 arrested -2 January 1920- 33 cities, over 4000 arrested The End? -Louis Post stops the deportations “illegal prosecutions, symptom
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