Loyalty and Liberty

Loyalty and Liberty : American Countersubversion from World War 1 to the McCarthy Era

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Loyalty and Liberty offers the first comprehensive account of the politics of countersubversion in the United States prior to the McCarthy era. Alex Goodall traces the course of American countersubversion over the first half of the twentieth century, culminating in the rise of McCarthyism and the Cold War. This sweeping study explores how antisubversive fervor was dampened in the 1920s in response to the excesses of World War I, transformed by the politics of antifascism in the Depression era, and rekindled in opposition to Roosevelt's ambitious New Deal policies in the later 1930s and 1940s. Varied interest groups such as business tycoons, Christian denominations, and Southern Democrats as well as the federal government pursued their own courses, which alternately converged and diverged, eventually consolidating into the form they would keep during the Cold War.

Rigorous in its scholarship yet accessible to a wide audience, Goodall's masterful study shows how the opposition to radicalism became a defining ideological question of American life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 317.51g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252038037
  • 9780252038037

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"By tracing the ebb and flow of the various countersubversive campaigns over three decades, Goodall makes an important contribution to the existing literature that has tended to focus on either the Red Scare of 1919-1920, the "little red scare" of 1939-1940, or McCarthyism of the late 1940s and early 1950s. . . . offers some fresh insights that should be part of the conversation in this expanding field."--Labour/Le Travail

"Alex Goodall's Loyalty and Liberty treats antiradicalism and antifascism as political movements, not psychological phenomena, and his close study of interwar counter subversive campaigns shows that their history is more faltering than standard accounts suggest... Goodall's sparkling prose and sharp observations make this book an essential read for scholars of modern American politics."--Journal of American Studies "Goodall's exceptional study will be welcomed by a wide variety of historians and political scientists. It breaks new ground as the first comprehensive account of pre-McCarthy politics. Highly Recommended."--Choice

"The structure of the book suggests an important and unrecognized historical role for the interwar periods. There are lessons to be learned in Loyalty and Liberty."--The Journal of American History "Loyalty and Liberty is an impressive piece of scholarship that would be a valuable resource for anyone teaching this period in American history." --The History Teacher
"Goodall's longer view of countersubversion bears fruit in the relationships and transitions it highlights, in its transformation of the familiar series of episodic pictures into a narrative of ebb and flow in which lingering traces of failure shaped how subsequent efforts played out."--American Historical Review
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About Alex Goodall

Alex Goodall is a lecturer in modern history at the University of York.
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