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Eisenhower and the Anti-Communist Crusade
Eisenhower and the Anti-Communist Crusade Jeff Broadwater 0807820156 9780807820155 Jeff Broadwater provides a comprehensive survey of the Eisenhower administrations response to Americas postwar Red Scare. He looks beyond Senator J
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Eisenhower and the Anti-Communist Crusade by Jeff Broadwater

Jeff Broadwater provides a comprehensive survey of the Eisenhower administrations response to Americas postwar Red Scare. He looks beyond Senator Joseph McCarthys confrontations with Eisenhower to examine the administrations own anti-Communist crusade. Exploring the complex relationship between partisan politics and cold war tensions, Broadwater demonstrates that virulent anticommunism, as well as opposition to it, often cut across party and ideological lines. He shows, moreover, that although McCarthy and his allies captured the headlines, ultimately it was the Eisenhower administration that bore responsibility for implementing most of the nations anti-Communist policies. The book begins with an overview of the debate over internal security following World War II and then examines Eisenhowers record on the issue. Broadwater asserts that at the outset of the cold war, Eisenhower assumed a moderate stance, defending some of McCarthys targets and cooperating as NATO commander with European Socialist leaders. Later, as a presidential candidate under pressure from Republican conservatives, he moved steadily toward the right. Once in the Oval Office, he embraced much of the anti-Communist agenda and shared many of the McCarthyites fears about internal security, supporting, for example, the federal employee security program and the legal persecution of the Communist party. Broadwater concludes that while Eisenhower personally despised McCarthy and eventually presided over the end of the Red Scare, the president was also a committed anti-communist who frequently displayed little concern for American civil liberties.

Author: Jeff Broadwater

Language: English

Edition: 1St Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 312

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Publication Date: 1992-04-27

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ISBN: 0807820156


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