The Red Scare Essay

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The Red Scare After World War I, the "Red Scare" had a huge effect of anti-communism that swept over the nation and resulted in a limitation of civil rights. There was a fear America had of communism, socialism, anarchy, immigration, all which developed into the Red Scare. When the war started, many Americans were against it, but as soon as the United States introduced propaganda, the rise in nationalism and patriotism began. The Soviet Union increased the fears of communism and effected the establishment in the US. It gave the Americans cause to limit it and make sure that it does not occur in America. After the downfall of the Soviet Union in 1991, American leaders finally announced that the Cold War was over and the United States had won. "The United States became the top state in the world, and until now, there is no country, entity, or association that would compete against it. This end of the Soviet Union led to a change in foreign policies around the world and expanded rejection of American culture, politics, and beliefs all over the world" (O'Neill, William L. "United States of America."). Many leftist organizations in the United States were seen as suspects due to the fact that they were all mostly anti-war. The government was very uptight about protest because they wanted to win the war, not have this anti-war problem. They had a fear of an upcoming revolution in the United States. "Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer believed there was going to be a violent revolution. He led the government's anti-communist battle known as the Palmer raids" ("Roaring Twenties"). In 1917, a law passed by the US congress called Espionage Act, which was the limitation of free speech. This law was basically used to jail a person if they protested the war. People could not express their views, and civil rights were ignored. These laws were served to give

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