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dc.contributor.authorRegin Schmidt,
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-16 00:00:00
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-01T15:29:49Z
dc.date.available2020-04-01T15:29:49Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier342368
dc.identifierOCN: 1030814584en_US
dc.identifier70770695en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/34930
dc.description.abstractThe anticommunist crusade of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its legendary director J. Edgar Hoover during the McCarthy era and the Cold War has attracted much attention from historians during the last decades, but little has been known about the Bureau's political activities during its formative years. This work breaks new ground by tracing the roots of the FBI's political surveillance to the involvement of the Bureau's predecessor, the Bureau of Investigation (BI), in the nation's first period of communist-hunting, the "Red Scare" after World War I. The book is based on the first systematic and comprehensive use of the early BI files from 1908 to 1922, which have only survived on difficult-to-read microfilms deposited in the National Archives, as well as numerous collections of personal papers. The FBI's political surveillance was not a result of popular hysteria, such as scholars used to claim, or a rational response to communist spying and the Cold War confrontation, such as a number of historians have recently argued. Instead, it was an integrated part of the attempt by the modern federal state, rooted in the Progressive Era, to regulate and control any organized opposition to the political, economic and social order, such as organized labor, radical movements and African-American protest. The detailed reconstruction of the BI's role in the Red Scare during 1919 and 1920 shows that the federal intelligence officials played a crucial role in initiating the anticommunist hysteria in the United States. Despite its small staff, the BI was able to influence national events by exchanging information with a network of patriotic groups, assisting local authorities in drafting antiradical legislation and prosecuting radicals, and using congressional committees to spread its message. The Bureau also strove to discredit the strike wave and race riots of 1919 as the work of communists. The account also throws new light on such dramatic and controversial events as the Seattle General Strike, the Centralia Massacre, and the deportation of the famous anarchists Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. The book shows how entrenched political surveillance had become by the early 1920's and how it continued until World War II and the Cold War. Regin Schmidt, PhD, is a research fellow in the Department of History at the University of Copenhagen. Selected for the Choice Outstanding Academic Books 2002.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government::JPA Political science & theory
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::L Law
dc.subject.otherstrike
dc.subject.other20th century
dc.subject.otherstaten
dc.subject.otherusa
dc.subject.otherantikommunisme
dc.subject.otheranarchism
dc.subject.othertrade unions
dc.subject.otherfbi
dc.subject.otherpolitik
dc.subject.otherhistory
dc.subject.otheranti-communism
dc.subject.other20. årh.
dc.subject.otheranarkisme
dc.subject.otherpolitics, social science, law
dc.subject.otheradministration
dc.subject.otherstrejke
dc.subject.otherstate, the
dc.subject.otherenglish
dc.subject.otherhoover, j. edgar
dc.subject.otherpatriotisme
dc.subject.otherforvaltning
dc.subject.otherfagforeninger
dc.subject.otherhoover,j. edgar
dc.subject.otherpatriotism
dc.subject.othersamfunds­videnskaberne og politik
dc.subject.otherhistorie
dc.subject.otherpolitical philosophy
dc.subject.otherengelsk
dc.titleRed Scare:FBI and the Origins of Anticommunism in the United States
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.26530/OAPEN_342368
oapen.relation.isPublishedBybf3aad86-19af-41e9-9504-d166b1caff10
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameMuseum Tusculanum Press
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitehttps://www.mtp.dk/Default.asp?
oapen.relation.isbn9788772895819
oapen.pages394


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