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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 Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038037.001.0001

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A Mirror Image

A Mirror Image

Anticommunists and Antifascists

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Loyalty and Liberty

Alex Goodall

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explains how as a chaotic product of political realignment, the mirrored antifascist countersubversion that emerged in the 1930s strengthened the New Deal reform project and forced right-wingers to reexamine their relationships with each other. At the same time, though, it strengthened support for the idea that individuals and groups should be challenged for their political loyalties, thus helping to restrict the boundaries of legitimate dissent. During Roosevelt's second term, pro- and antigovernment forces battled over who could challenge the other side's loyalty more effectively and which group was best placed to defend traditional liberties. Reformers attacked conservatives for fascism; conservatives responded by accusing the New Deal of being infiltrated by Communists.

Keywords:   antifascism, countersubversion, New Deal, right-wingers, political loyalties, traditional liberties, conservatives, Communists

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