Prelude to McCarthyism: The Making of a Blacklist

It originated with Truman’s Executive Order 9835, which required that all federal civil service employees be screened for “loyalty.” The so-called “Attorney General’s List of Subversive Organizations” (AGLOSO) was one of the most central and widely publicized aspects of the post–World War II Red Scare, which has popularly become known as “McCarthyism.” AGLOSO burst into[…]

Witch-Hunts, Theocracies, and Hypocrisy: McCarthyism in ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Susannah’

For the source of his story, Arthur Miller looked back to the Salem witch trials of 1692. In the early 1950s, at the height of the Cold War, the United States was in the throes of the paranoid, hysterical, communist witch-hunt we have come to call McCarthyism, named for the particularly zealous senator, Joseph McCarthy,[…]

The Lavender Scare and Beyond: Documenting LGBTQ History from the Great Depression to Today

It’s really only in the past three decades that we’ve come to recognize the need to understand the histories of different minority groups. By Dr. Eric GonzabaAssistant Professor of American StudiesCalifornia State University Fullerton The Lavender Scare, a new documentary that will air on PBS on Tuesday, June 18th, documents the systematic firing and discrimination of LGBT people[…]