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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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Toward McCarthy

(p.249) Conclusion
Loyalty and Liberty

Alex Goodall

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter talks about how after Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death, there was political unrest. Roosevelt had presided over a transformation in the American state more far reaching than any since the Civil War. But with a new, untested president in the White House and tensions running high over the disposition of Germany and Eastern Europe, the future of the grand alliance was in doubt. The chapter shows how countersubversion in the United States was shaped by a distinctive tradition in which leading public figures were consistently forced to reconcile their countersubversive instincts with the trends of decentralized governance. The political ideologies of Joseph McCarthy, which combined elements of antigovernment populism, social conservatism, and state-based political authoritarianism, owe much to this earlier history.

Keywords:   countersubversion, Joseph McCarthy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, American state, Germany, Eastern Europe, decentralized governance

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