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Episode 9 - McCarthy and the Second Red Scare

Episode 9 - McCarthy and the Second Red Scare

On episode nine of American
History Too! we turn our attention to a period in American history that has
become indelibly linked to one man: the Second Red Scare and Senator Joseph
McCarthy. But is McCarthy the be all and end all of anti-communism? What
influence did he really have?  And were
there other figures in the United States who played more prominent and
important roles in creating what the historian David Caute called ‘the great
fear’?  Is ‘Hooverism’ – or even ‘Nixonism’
– a better name to understand this period?

We take you through a tour of the interesting, and often distasteful,
figures that the Second Red Scare brought to prominence.  We also discuss the parallel rise of the  so-called ‘Lavender Scare’ which saw gay
Americans targeted – on some occasions more aggressively – than suspected
communists. 

Stay tuned until the very end when you’ll be treated [...]

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