Domestic Security


Included here:

1. Anti-Communism

2. Loyalty Programs

1. Anti-Communism

Powers, Richard Gid. Not Without Honor: The History of American Anticommunism. New York: Free Press, 1995.

Schlesinger, FA 74.1 (Jan.-Feb. 1995): Powers discerns two main tendencies among the diverse elements of American anticommunism: "one consists of those whom he calls ... 'countersubversive anticommunists,' persons 'obsessed with uncovering plots that were, for the most part, figments of their own imagination.' The other consisted of 'responsible Americans with an anticommunim rooted in a realistic and principled view of the world.'"

In Powers' view, the irresponsible side of anticommunism overwhelmed the responsible side and, thereby, discredited anticommunism as a whole. Schlesinger argues that responsible anticommunism did not disappear, as Powers believes, but rather changed in response to the changes in the Soviet Union after Stalin. "[T]he first three-quarters of Not Without Honor is well worth reading. Then Powers goes off the rails and, by discarding the fruitful distinction with which his analysis began, ends in morass of self-contradiction."

2. Loyalty Programs

Abbott, Roger S. "The Federal Loyalty Program: Background and Problems." American Political Science Review 42 (1948): 486-499.

Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The Federal Loyalty-Security Program. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1956. [Petersen]

Bontecou, Eleanor. The Federal Loyalty-Security Program. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1953.

Chamberlain, Lawrence H. Loyalty and Legislative Action: A Survey of Activity by the New York State Legislature, 1919-1949. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1951.

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