The Age of McCarthyism
Third Edition   ©2017

The Age of McCarthyism

A Brief History with Documents

Ellen W. Schrecker (Yeshiva University) , Phillip Deery (Victoria University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-05018-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-05018-4; Format: Paper Text

Incorporating important recent scholarship, this popular supplement combines a comprehensive essay on the history of McCarthyism with compelling documents that trace the course of anti-Communist furor in the U.S. The volume’s 95-page essay follows the campaign against domestic subversion from its origins in the 1930s through its escalation in the 1940s to its decline in the 1950s. The second part includes over 47 original documents (including 6 new sources) — congressional transcripts, FBI reports, speeches, and letters — that chronicle the anti-Communist crusade. The essay and documents have been thoroughly updated to reflect new scholarship and recently revealed archival evidence of Soviet spying in the U.S. Also included are headnotes to the documents, 15 black-and-white photographs, a glossary, a chronology of McCarthyism, a revised bibliographical essay, and an index.

“This documentary collection is indispensable for any serious student of one of the most troubling eras in American history. The authors’ knowledge of the field is encyclopedic and their historical insights are powerful, subtle, and persuasive.”
- Maurice Isserman, Hamilton College