Effects Of Communism On Americ The Effect Of Communism Essay

1567 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Griffin Addicott
US History P
4-13-2016
The Effects of Communism in America
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, American fears of internal communist subversion reached a nearly hysterical pitch. Government loyalty boards interrogated and investigated millions of employees. Hundreds of educators, laborers, sailors and lawyers lost their jobs for their political beliefs, while moviemaker’s careers were frozen because of the same reason. More than thirty-nine states required public employees to take loyalty oaths and libraries were told to remove books that were deemed too left wing such as Robin Hood and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.
After ww2, the postwar Communism Scare is dubbed as “McCarthyism,” a name taken from one of the era’s most notorious anti-Communists, Senator Joseph McCarthy. Postwar anti-Communism was deeply rooted in American politics of the 1930s. During the depression, as capitalism mutated into an industrial beast of greed, many Americans found communist ideology appealing. Others were tantalized by the activism of American Communists due to a wide range of social and economic causes, including the civil rights for African Americans, workers, and the unemployed. Though others were alarmed by the rise of the Nationalists in Spain and the Nazis in Germany, admired the Soviet Union’s early and staunch opposition to fascism. Developments swelled the membership of the US Communist Party from some 7,500 at the start of the decade to 55,000.…

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