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Schmidt, Regin
Introduction: FBI and the Politics of Anticommunism.
Chapter 1 in Red Scare

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ISBN 978-87-635-0002-9
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This is the first chapter of Red Scare.

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The subject of the following work is the development and institutionalization of the surveillance of political activities by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during its formative years between 1919 and 1943. Traditionally, historical research into modern American anticommunism, especially the era of McCarthyism in the 1950s, has tended to explain the recurrent outbreaks of political intolerance and repression as the result of an irrational and paranoid mass movement suffering from "status anxiety", or as the product of partisan politics or the activities of demagogues, most notably Senator Joseph McCarthy. However, as a result of the revelations in the wake of the Watergate scandals about the systematic abuses by the US intelligence community and because of the increased access to government files following the strengthening of the Freedom of Information Act in 1974, historians have become aware of the institutional and bureaucratic factors behind the outbreaks of political intolerance. Much of this recent research has emphasized the decisive role played by the FBI in the formulation of anticommunist politics. As one historian noted when the FBI files began to become available to scholars as the result of FOIA requests, "The political activities of FBI officials were probably much more pervasive than is generally known and ... historians still have a great deal to examine". He added that several aspects of the recent anticommunist movement "need to be rewritten".
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Emneområde | Historie | Samfunds­videnskaberne og politik |
Emneord | Historiografi |
Specifikt emneord | Antikommunisme | FBI |
Periode | 20. årh. |
Sprog | Engelsk |


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