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Loyalty and LibertyAmerican Countersubversion from World War I to the McCarthy Era$
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Alex Goodall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038037

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038037.001.0001

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The Big Truth

The Big Truth

The New Anticommunist Politics

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(p.225) 10 The Big Truth
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Loyalty and Liberty
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Alex Goodall

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038037.003.0011

This chapter explores how many of the radical and anti-interventionist critics of the New Deal had been silenced by a wave of loyalty campaigns that marked the culmination of more than a decade's worth of antifascist attacks. To the Left, this seemed like a victory. But antifascism had helped to reinvigorate the politics of countersubversion as a whole, and as the Left and center-Left lobbied for campaigns to root out supposedly disloyal right-wing enemies, much of the traditional resistance to countersubversive crusading disappeared. With members of the conservative coalition co-opting the language of antifascism to justify their hostility to communism, the war against Nazi Germany led to a far more tightly restricted realm of political debate and more universal acceptance among the American people that domestic extremists needed to be investigated, monitored, and repressed.

Keywords:   anti-interventionists, New Deal, loyalty campaigns, antifascism, leftists, right-wingers, countersubversion, Nazi Germany

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