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Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism

Nick Fischer


The McCarthy-era witch hunts marked the culmination of an anticommunist crusade launched after the First World War. With Bolshevism triumphant in Russia and public discontent shaking the United States, conservatives at every level of government and business created a network dedicated to sweeping away the “spider web” of radicalism they saw threatening the nation. This book shines a light on right-wing activities during the interwar period. Conservatives, eager to dispel communism's appeal to the working class, railed against a supposed Soviet-directed conspiracy composed of socialists, trade ... More

Keywords: anticommunism, McCarthy era, witch hunts, First World War, radicalism, working class, anticommunist movement, communism, American politics, propaganda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040023
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040023.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Fischer, author