McCarthyism Revisited

McCarthyism Revisited

Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective
by Richard M. Fried
Oxford University Press, 1990, 229 pp., $22.95

 

Senator Joseph R. McCarthy described McCarthyism as “Americanism with the gloves off,” but few students of this century’s second red scare have been satisfied with his definition. As that scare ebbed in the mid-1950s, the earliest serious students of the subject, a group of pluralist social scientists led by Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, and Seymour Martin Lipset, interpreted McCarthyism as a movement of the far right. For them the second red scare was primarily the work of Americans anxious about their rising o...