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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

McCarthy's Americans

Red Scare Politics in State and Nation, 1935-1965

ISBN 9780333698334
Publication Date June 1998
Formats Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
Series American History in Depth

Was the communist witch hunt unleashed by Senator Joe McCarthy an aberration, or has red scare politics been an intrinsic part of American political life since the 1930s? Was McCarthyism a populist or an elitist phenomenon? Was Senator McCarthy virtually irrelevant to the phenomenon?
This book shows that some of the contending interpretations of McCarthyism are mutually compatible and reveals the importance of pressures usually overlooked. Professor Heale's deeply-probing study of Joe McCarthy's 'hinterland' in the American states, demonstrates that what is usually called McCarthyism was part of a political cycle, that emerged in the 1930s and took two decades to run its course.

M. J. HEALE is Professor of American History at Lancaster University.

Preface
RED SCARE POLITICS IN THE STATES
The Politics of Exposure
The Politics of Patriotism
The Politics of Regulation
RED SCARE POLITICS IN MICHIGAN
Class Conflict and Party Politics
The Republican Offensive
The Triumph of Liberalism?
RED SCARE POLITICS IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Contours of Red Scare Politics
The Populist Assault
Red Scare and Resolution
RED SCARE POLITICS IN GEORGIA
Defending the Old Order
Controlling Communist Subversion
The Red Scare as Last Hurrah
Conclusion: McCarthyism in State and Nation
Index.

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This book constitutes the most innovative and impressive contribution to the study of McCarthyism written in the last decade. Its conclusions are certain to reshape analysis of this phenomenon.' - Iwan Morgan, American Politics Review
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