The Federal Loyalty Security Program And The House Un American Activities Committees

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In reference to the research question “To what extent did the Red Scare create a pseudo “reign of terror” in the United States, ” authors Wendy Wall and Alexander Stafford provide adequate information about the affects of the red scare on society. Wall goes into a detailed description the Federal Loyalty-Security Program and the House Un-American Activities Committees. Both of these programs set up by the government were a form of oppression to the American citizens, inquiring personal information that should have not been public information. The Federal Loyalty-Security Program put regulations on employment agencies and required employers to take loyalty oaths. This can be seen as a violation of the constitution, as it oppresses one’s personal points of view and violates their right to freedom of speech. The House Un-American Activities Committees (HUAC) questioned workers of film in Hollywood and blacklisted those who were seen as untrustworthy. Those blacklisted thus had a difficult time finding employment.
Wall’s article is a secondary source. She evaluates the effects from a historian’s perspective, as she is a professor of history at Binghamton University. Wall’s purpose was to inform the public of the tremendous affects of government oppression programs. Thus, Wall’s paper is very valuable, as she provides an unbiased telling of these. However, Wall fails to consider the perspective of the programs. If she had evaluated it from both perspectives, it would…
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