The Red Scare

The Red Scare took place twice in American History. First in the period of 1919 to 1921
which was triggered by a Communist take over of Russia. The Red scare never really stopped
since it’sfirst appearance, but occurred again in the 1950’s. It was a label given to the actions of
legislation, race riots, and the hatred and persecution of revolutionary objectors during that
period of time.
After the war formally ended on November 18, 1918, there was an ideological war still
going on in the US. It was a war which prompted mass paranoia and caused what would be
known as the Red Scare, beginning in 1919 and ending in 1921. First period of red scare began
in June 1919, when the newly appointed US attorney general, A. Mitchel Palmer, was waken up
by the explosion on his door steps. A bomber tripped over something, blowing himself up. It was
later found that additional bombs had exploded on the doorsteps of other high-ranking
government officials in at least 8 more cities. This was the start of thefirst Red Scare throughout
the country. The next day’s New York Times newspaper reported that the attack was Bolshevik or
W.W.I origin.
After all the unfair legislation passed by the government, the scene was set for a disaster.
Palmer used the laws set down in 1917 to deport members of the WWI. When the Palmer Raids
began, its two main targets were the Communist Party, and the Communist Labor Party. In 1918,
after the end of the war, all the groups which opposed the war came under fire. They were seen
as destructive to the peace and security of the American nation. The focus of the attacks was no
longer on the conscientious objectors, since many of them had already been jailed during the
war, and were still in jail at the time. It was now switched over to the Socialists; they were still a
viable target.
Another reason for the Red Scare was the strike held by mine workers. They were
thought to be making threatening m…


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