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Red Scare!: Right-Wing Hysteria Fifties Fanaticism and Their Legacy in Texas Hardcover – May, 1985

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"When Red Scare: Right-Wing Hysteria, Fifties Fanaticism, and Their Legacy in Texas was first published in 1985 it won the Texas State Historical Society's prize for best book on Texas History. Now nearly 30 years later, it has been republished by the University of Texas Press and still resounds with the ideas of political messaging, group think and the darker parts of our common history." - The Source "[Red Scare] studies the strident anti-communism movement of the 1950s, often referred to as the McCarthy era, and how it affected Texas." - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal "The reissue of Carleton's Red Scare offers a timely reminder of how the baiting of minority groups can be so destructive." - Austin American Statesman. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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DON E. CARLETON is Executive Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds the university’s J. R. Parten Chair in the Archives of American History. Carleton has published eight books, including Conversations with Cronkite, and he was executive producer of the award-winning PBS documentary When I Rise. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Monthly Pr; First Edition edition (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932012906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932012906
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent, well-researched and well-written book about a dark era in Texas politics. Governor Shivers asked the Legislature to pass a bill making a belief in communism a capital crime. The various villains and heroes are described in interesting detail. Maury Maverick Jr. and Sr. show up as heroes. The only thing that seemingly restrained the fascist impulse in Texas were the federal courts. As much as I am a cynical political sophisticate, some of what is documented here surprised me.
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