Red Scare

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Red Scare

Right-Wing Hysteria, Fifties Fanaticism, and Their Legacy in Texas

By Don Carleton

Winner of the Texas State Historical Association Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History, this authoritative study of red-baiting in Texas reveals that what began as a coalition against communism became a fierce power struggle between conservative and liberal politics.

February 2014

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6 x 9 | 418 pp. | 22 b&w photos

ISBN: 978-0-292-75855-1

Winner of the Texas State Historical Association Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History, this authoritative study of red-baiting in Texas reveals that what began as a coalition against communism became a fierce power struggle between conservative and liberal politics.

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.

“The reissue of Carleton’s Red Scare offers a timely reminder of how the baiting of minority groups can be so destructive.”
―Charles Ealy, Austin-American Statesman

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