#121 – Truman’s Hysteria

#121 – Truman’s Hysteria

In 1950 Harry Truman complained about a “great wave of hysteria” sweeping the nation – the Red Scare. He should know. He was really largely responsible for creating it. Between the launching of his “loyalty program” in March 1947 and it’s...
#119 – Red Scare Part 5

#119 – Red Scare Part 5

Manufacturers and the media also used the Dies Committee to silence their critics. Any attempt to criticise the behaviour of industrialists was called “socialism”. Along with communist witch hunts, another tactic industrialists used to protect themselves...
#118 – Red Scare Part 4

#118 – Red Scare Part 4

The Red Scare continues. In 1939, Martin Dies Jr claimed that the Justice Department was investigating 2,850 known communists in government and that FDR had ordered a purge of all those named. But it was all a disinformation campaign launched by Hoover. The President...
#117 – Red Scare Part 3

#117 – Red Scare Part 3

As Red Fever grew in the United States in the 1930s, Herbert Hoover asked J. Edgar Hoover to help him blame the Bonus March of 1932 on the Communists.  In August 1936, FDR invited JEH to the White House to discuss “subversive activities”. Hoover told him the...