In the United States today, communism is an ideology or political movement that barely registers in the consciousness of our nation. Yet merely half a century ago, communist was a buzzword that every citizen in our nation was aware of--a term that connoted traitor and almost certainly a characterization that most Americans were afraid of.
Anti-Communism in Twentieth-Century America: A Critical History provides a panoramic perspective of the types of anti-communists in the United States between 1919 and the collapse of the Soviet Union. It explains the causes and exceptional nature of anti-communism in the United States, and divides it into eight discrete categories. This title then thoroughly examines the words and deeds of the various anti-Communists in each of these categories during the three Red Scares in the past century. The work concludes with an unapologetic assessment of domestic anti-communism. This book allows readers to more fully comprehend what the anti-communists meant with their rhetoric, and grasp their impact on the United States during the 20th century and beyond--for example, how anti-communism has reappeared as anti-terrorism.
About the Author:
Larry Ceplair is professor of history emeritus at Santa Monica College, CA.