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The Red Scare

What was blacklisting during the red scare?


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October 02, 2008 4:10PM

During the period of the Red Scare, many people feared that communists, anarchists, and foreigners were plotting to take over the government. Many felt worker's strikes were attempts to upset our economic system and destroy the capitalistic way our economy operated. People who supported Unions of workers were considered subversive by many in government and industry. Such people would have their names placed on lists that were circulated around to other businesses and governmental agencies. If your name appeared on such "blacklists," you would not be hired and/or your actvities would be watched. Many were arrested for crimes or simply for protesting or for being considered foreign anarchists.