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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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“A Soul-Searing Process”: Trauma in the Civil Service

“A Soul-Searing Process”: Trauma in the Civil Service

(p.177) Chapter 6 “A Soul-Searing Process”: Trauma in the Civil Service
The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left

Landon R. Y. Storrs

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at private letters and other unpublished sources about defendants other than the Keyserlings to recapture the subjective experience of being investigated, not as an exercise in voyeurism but to explain why the effects were so profound. The experience of being under loyalty investigation produced a wide range of responses from individuals and had many long-lasting effects—on their economic security, mental and physical health, personal relationships, and civic participation. Many loyalty defendants preferred to remain silent about these humiliating experiences, but examining them is necessary to establish the context in which these people made difficult strategic and ethical decisions about how best to protect themselves.

Keywords:   loyalty defendants, loyalty investigations, economic security, mental health, physical health, personal relationships, civic participation

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