Still Spying | Presented by Defending Rights & Dissent

The Bureaucratic Heart of McCarthyism feat. Ellen Schrecker

January 20, 2021 Season 1 Episode 11
Still Spying | Presented by Defending Rights & Dissent
The Bureaucratic Heart of McCarthyism feat. Ellen Schrecker
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Still Spying | Presented by Defending Rights & Dissent
The Bureaucratic Heart of McCarthyism feat. Ellen Schrecker
Jan 20, 2021 Season 1 Episode 11

The Second Red Scare may have been named after the demagogic Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, but no one was more central to it than J. Edgar Hoover and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Host Chip Gibbons is joined by renowned historian Ellen Schrecker to discuss what McCarthyism was, how the FBI was central to it, and why if “observers known in the 1950s what they learned since the 1970s when Freedom of Information Act opened the Bureau's files, 'McCarthyism' would probably have been called 'Hooverism.'”

Show Notes

The Second Red Scare may have been named after the demagogic Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, but no one was more central to it than J. Edgar Hoover and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Host Chip Gibbons is joined by renowned historian Ellen Schrecker to discuss what McCarthyism was, how the FBI was central to it, and why if “observers known in the 1950s what they learned since the 1970s when Freedom of Information Act opened the Bureau's files, 'McCarthyism' would probably have been called 'Hooverism.'”