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Everything you need to k now a bout the second red scare to succeed in apush


Everything You Need To Know About The Second Red Scare To Succeed In APUSH

APUSH Review: The Second Red Scare

What was the second red scare
What was the Second Red Scare?

  • Fear and hysteria over communism that swept the country in the 1940s and 1950s

  • Many individuals feared the US government was infiltrated by communists

  • Reasons for the 2nd Red Scare:

    • USSR actions after WWII in Eastern Europe

    • “Fall of China” in 1949

    • Soviet development of nuclear weapons

Red scare in the 1940s
Red Scare in the 1940s

  • HUAC (created in 1945)

    • House Committee on Un-American Activities

      • Prominent member was Richard Nixon – NOT JOSEPH McCarthy!

    • Alger Hiss:

      • One-time aide to FDR

      • Accused of sharing 65 classified documents

      • Indicted and sentenced to 5 years in jail for perjury

    • “Hollywood Ten”

      • 10 screenwriters that refused to testify before HUAC; sentenced to jail

  • Truman’s Loyalty Program:

    • Truman issued an executive order (9835) for federal employees to take a loyalty oath

Red scare in the 1950s
Red Scare in the 1950s

  • McCarran Internal Security Bill

    • Passed over Truman’s Veto

    • Communist organizations must register with the government

  • McCarthyism

    • Seen as a demagogue

      • Leader that capitalizes on prejudices and false claims to gain power

    • Joseph McCarthy (R – Wisconson)

    • Accused state department officials of being communists

    • Downfall happened when he attacked the army

    • Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was an allegory to McCarthyism

  • Rosenbergs

    • Husband and wife convicted of giving a-bomb secrets to the Soviets

    • 2008 – Revealed that the prosecution knew Ethel was innocent

  • Effects of the second red scare
    Effects of the Second Red Scare

    • Blacklisting:

      • Refusal to hire certain workers (100s in Hollywood were never hired for alleged ties to communism)

    • Violation of constitutional rights

      • Remember, in times of war and crisis, individual rights decrease

    • Cincinnati Reds changed their name to the Cincinnati Redlegs to avoid associations with Communism

    • Dennis v. US (1951):

      • Upheld the Smith Act (1940)

      • Made it illegal to teach the violent overthrow of the government

    Test tips
    Test Tips

    • Essay Topics:

      • Comparing 1st Red Scare with 2nd Red Scare

      • 2nd Red Scare as it relates to domestic policy during The Cold War

    • Tips for Multiple-Choice questions:

      • McCarthy was NOT part of HUAC

      • Individual rights are limited (McCarthyism, Hollywood 10)

    • Good Luck!

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