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The second Red Scare and the unmaking of the New Deal left / Landon R.Y. Storrs.

By: Storrs, Landon R. Y.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Politics and society in twentieth-century America: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2013Description: 1 online resource (xii, 404 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400845255; 1400845254.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Second Red Scare and the unmaking of the New Deal left.DDC classification: 973.91 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Selected government officials investigated under federal loyalty program -- When the old left was young ... and went to Washington -- Allegations of disloyalty at labor and consumer agencies, 1939-1943 -- "Pinks in minks" : the antifeminism of the old right -- The loyalty investigations of Mary Dublin Keyserling and Leon Keyserling -- Secrets and self-reinvention : the making of Cold War liberalism -- "A soul-searing process" : trauma in the Civil Service -- Loyalty investigations and the "end of reform."
Summary: The loyalty investigations triggered by the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s marginalized many talented women and men who had entered government service during the Great Depression seeking to promote social democracy as a means to economic reform. Their influence over New Deal policymaking and their alliances with progressive labor and consumer movements elicited a powerful reaction from conservatives, who accused them of being subversives. Landon Storrs draws on newly declassified records of the federal employee loyalty program--created in response to fears that Communists were infiltratin.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Selected government officials investigated under federal loyalty program -- When the old left was young ... and went to Washington -- Allegations of disloyalty at labor and consumer agencies, 1939-1943 -- "Pinks in minks" : the antifeminism of the old right -- The loyalty investigations of Mary Dublin Keyserling and Leon Keyserling -- Secrets and self-reinvention : the making of Cold War liberalism -- "A soul-searing process" : trauma in the Civil Service -- Loyalty investigations and the "end of reform."

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The loyalty investigations triggered by the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s marginalized many talented women and men who had entered government service during the Great Depression seeking to promote social democracy as a means to economic reform. Their influence over New Deal policymaking and their alliances with progressive labor and consumer movements elicited a powerful reaction from conservatives, who accused them of being subversives. Landon Storrs draws on newly declassified records of the federal employee loyalty program--created in response to fears that Communists were infiltratin.

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Storrs (Univ. of Iowa) draws on her previous study (Civilizing Capitalism: The National Consumers' League, Women's Activism, and Labor Standards in the New Deal Era, CH, Sep'00, 38-0396) plus a wide range of primary and secondary sources in this fascinating book. She focuses on the lives of a group of New Deal government employees (particularly women) with left-wing political views who became targets of loyalty investigations beginning in the late 1930s and continuing into the 1960s. The roughly chronological chapters (with one chapter on the plight of Leon and Mary Dublin Keyserling) argue that the continuing investigations by anticommunist politicians and the FBI, connected with journalists and their business allies, led to the crippling of New Deal programs. Storrs focuses on the gender, racial, and even anti-Jewish aspects of the devastating political purge. She has uncovered many fascinating stories of dedicated public servants whose careers were cut short, with a chilling impact on government programs, and further documents the negative aspects of the anticommunist crusade beginning during the New Deal and long continuing. Helpful illustrations and notes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. R. D. Cohen emeritus, Indiana University Northwest

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Landon R. Y. Storrs is professor of history at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Civilizing Capitalism: The National Consumers' League, Women's Activism, and Labor Standards in the New Deal Era .

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