Political Repression in Modern America
From 1870 to 1976
The dark side of the "land of the free"
Robert Justin Goldstein's Political Repression in Modern America provides the only comprehensive narrative account ever published of significant civil liberties violations concerning political dissidents since the rise of the post-Civil War modern American industrial state. A history of the dark side of the "land of the free," Goldstein's book covers both famous and little-known examples of governmental repression, including reactions to the early labor movement, the Haymarket affair, "little red scares" in 1908, 1935, and 1938-41, the repression of opposition to World War I, the 1919 "great red scare," the McCarthy period, and post-World War II abuses of the intelligence agencies.
Enhanced with a new introduction and an updated bibliography, Political Repression in Modern America remains an essential record of the relentless intolerance that suppresses radical dissent in the United States.
"The most comprehensive study we have of political repression. Students of liberty--and its precarious status in our society--now have the full historical record for the modern era before them."--Jerold S. Auerbach, The Progressive
"The valid work that has been done [by scholars] on radicals and repression has remained in fragments, waiting for someone to piece together a comprehensive analysis of this fugitive material. Robert J. Goldstein has now performed this job. [An] important contribution--an immense, informative and skillful interpretation of a vast, relatively unknown terrain."--William Preston Jr., The Nation
"Today, as politicians across the spectrum attempt to shred our rights in the name of 'security,' Goldstein's book is an excellent resource, showing how calls for 'security' in the United States have historically provided cover for crackdowns on dissent." -- Eric Ruder, Internationalist Socialist Review
"Recurring outbreaks of political repression have been an unfortunate side of American democracy throughout the nation's history. Goldstein's systematic, clear and thoughtful history of this appalling phenomenon should be a warning against complacency."--Frank Freidel, author of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous With Destiny
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