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The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left$
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Landon R. Y. Storrs

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153964

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153964.001.0001

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The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left

Landon R. Y. Storrs

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the Second Red Scare, which stunted the development of the American welfare state. In the 1940s and 1950s, conservatives in and out of government used concerns about Soviet espionage to remove from public service many officials who advocated regulatory and redistributive policies intended to strengthen democracy. The crusade against “Communists in government” had even more casualties than people thought. In addition to its well-known violation of civil liberties and destruction of careers, the Second Red Scare curbed the social democratic potential of the New Deal through its impact on policymakers who sought to mitigate the antidemocratic tendencies of unregulated capitalism.

Keywords:   Second Red Scare, conservatives, Soviet espionage, redistributive policies, democracy, communism, social democracy, New Deal, antidemocracy, capitalism

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