“What Do You Think of Female Chastity?”

Richard M. Fried

in Nightmare in Red

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780195043617
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199853724 | DOI:
“What Do You Think of Female Chastity?”

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With the onset of the Cold War came a heightened anxiety over the Communist threat at home. Some revisionist historians have argued that the Truman administration paved the way for the second Red Scare. Confrontational foreign-policy rhetoric converged with increasingly harsh treatment of domestic Communists to nudge public opinion toward anti-communism. Some historians have also argued that Truman's 1947 loyalty program prefigured McCarthyism by inventing many of its premises. By the late 1940s, a growing preoccupation with anti-communism had come to be reflected in every niche of American culture. By the end of 1948, views charitable to American (or Soviet) Communists had grown scarce; dissent on foreign policy had declined; Communists and Popular Fronters were increasingly isolated. All that was lacking for a more thoroughgoing Red Scare was a sharper sense of crisis and a leader to focus and dramatize anti-communism.

Keywords: Cold War; Red Scare; Communists; McCarthyism; Truman

Chapter.  10840 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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