Trojan Horses and Fifth Columns

Richard M. Fried

in Nightmare in Red

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780195043617
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199853724 | DOI:
Trojan Horses and Fifth Columns

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The United States entered the postwar, post-FDR era with a recent history of rough political rhetoric. It had also established a tradition of basing fitness for a government job on the holder's “loyalty”. Much of the machinery and the discourse of “McCarthyism” was in place before the Cold War or McCarthy's advent. The main impetus behind this development came from conservatives of both parties, but especially Republicans, who deplored the New Deal and the changes it brought to American life. Yet to some extent, the conservative's targets shared their language and methodology. Liberals had accepted the notion of the “fifth column.” They usually dreaded its entrance from the Right—Nazis, Fascists, and their isolationist allies. The trials of the McCarthy era were aggravated by the fact that so few of the participants entered them with hands entirely clean.

Keywords: McCarthyism; United States; New Deal; McCarthy era; Cold War; Liberals; Republicans; conservatives

Chapter.  8492 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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