Epilogue: Where We Came Out

Richard M. Fried

in Nightmare in Red

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780195043617
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199853724 | DOI:
Epilogue: Where We Came Out

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By the 1956 election campaign, preoccupation with the Red menace had measurably declined in party politics. In 1954, Richard Nixon celebrated the exodus of Communists from government, but McCarthy was disappearing and the genre was dying. Anti-communism was even less evident in 1958, when a more potent election totem was the “labor boss.” In 1960 both candidates, Kennedy and Nixon, did their best to edge away from the McCarthy legacy. During the l960s, the “do your own thing” ethic and encouragement of anti-Establishment sentiments, brought about greater public tolerance of political and cultural diversity. The rise of the Black Power movement and such axioms as “Black is Beautiful” and a corresponding growth in other varieties of group pride reflected some degree of broadened tolerance of, it not always a taste for, alternative viewpoints.

Keywords: 1956 election; party politics; Red menace; Richard Nixon; tolerance; 1960 election; Kennedy; Black Power movement

Chapter.  3550 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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