The First Red Scare

The First Red Scare

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  • The First Red Scare
  • Allow me to tell you a story . A story of how the political practice of communism was labeled a terror of American society, and so came about the First Red Scare.
  • It all started when a man by the name of Vladimir Lenin led a revolution against the Russian monarchy. After the working class overthrew the middle class and removed the tsar from power, a communist government was established.
  • The United States government feared a similar revolution could take place in America, and so began to produce propaganda to protect the capitalist country from what they deemed "dangerous" ideals.
  • Red Menace Over
  • Attorney General Alexander Palmer's false claim
  • The propaganda depicted communists as well as socialists as destroyers of civilization, and condoned the legal protests of worker strikes as communist acts
  • All of this led to the Palmer Raids, during which thousands were arrested under charges of anarchy. Yet these charges had no proof, and most of the accused were released.
  • The end of the raids, as well as a false government prediction of a communist uprising, marked the end of the First Red Scare. But the real threat had yet to arrive.
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