Information based on social history—history of everyday life,
history of groups and the power relationships between these groups.
Info. on Puritans and their legacy, McCarthyism and communism.
320.973 GRE Encyclopedia of American Political History, 2 vols.
Articles in these two volumes discuss within a historical context
as well as from the viewpoint of current political thought. Covers
328 CON Congress and the Nation 1945-1964
Review of Government and Politics—covers Internal Security and
Civil Liberties; Smith Act of 1940 and Internal Security Act of 1950;
Communist control act of 1954; 1951 Un-American Activities, Motion
Picture Industry, 1952 House on Un-American Activities; 1953 House
on Un-American Activities; McCarthy’s Investigations, 1954 Army-
McCarthy Dispute Hearings.
Covers a section on Joe McCarthy, plus constitutional provisions
protect individual rights, etc. Major court cases such as
349.73 GRE Great American Court Cases Vol I and II
First volume covers major cases on “individual liberties.” Individual
liberties including cases that have influenced such First and Second
Amendment issues as freedom of the press, privacy, the right to
bear arms and legal concerns emerging from the growth of the
Internet. Vol 2 covers cases that establish the rights of the accused
before, during, and after trial, or address criminal law procedures,
“SEARCH and SEIZURE,” etc.
Great Events from History:
Vol. 1 Salem Witchcraft Trials; Religious, emotional, hysterical, and
perhaps politically motivated fervor which leads to tragic persecution.
Vol. 3. 1951 McCarthy Hearings; Cold War paranoia tests the principles
of democracy threatening the Civil rights of
McCarthyism—Politics of Fear; Joe McCarthy; Overview of
Communism and the mass fear it brought to the people of that
973 DIC Dictionary of Twentieth Century culture—American
Culture After World War II.
J. Edgar Hoover; Arthur Miller, Joe McCarthy
973.03 Dictionary of American History, Vol. IV
Information on the McCarthy-Army Hearings.
Annals of American History
Chapters on cold War Crisis—also pictures; original documents
on or by Senator McCarthy. Also various original documents on
133.4 ARN Aronson,
Marc Witch Hunt: Mysteries of the
138 ZEI Zeinert, Karen The
Lucent Books, 1997.
134.3 UPH Upham, Charles W.
133.4 JAC Jackson,
133.4 ALD Alderman, Clifford The Devil’s Shadow: The Story of
133.4 WEI Weisman, Richard Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion in
Williamston, Mass, 1984.
Non Reference Materials
133.4 HIL Hill
placing the distant period of the
the larger context of more contemporary outbreaks of
mass hysteria and intolerance, the author has created a
work as thought provoking as it is emotionally powerful
She relates not only her own theory about the events, but
also those of other scholars with whom she does not
133.4 ARN Aronson, Marc Witchhunt: Mysteries of the
Sifts through the facts, myths, half-truths, misinterpretations,
and theories around the
been said about the events that took place were surrounded
by a series of stories based on misinterpretations, fantasies,
and half-truths that have been passed along so many times
from book to book that eventually they were treated as true.
Provides and comments on the actual documents from the trial;
transcripts of the examinations of suspected witches; eyewitness
accounts of “Satanic influence;” and the testimony of those who
retained their reason and defied the madness. Illustrates
historical background—shows how the trials have been
represented and sometimes distorted.
133.4 RIC Rice, Earle The
Sets the scène and provides historical information to show
how society’s values influenced what was happening at the time.
Presents a detailed and lively account of the witchcraft trials
using primary source materials such as direct testimony, lawyer’s
summations. Also presents important points of law, information
on key personalities and important distinctions related to civil,
federal and criminal procedures.
133.4 ALD Alderman, Clifford The Devil’s Shadow: The Story of Witchcraft in Massachusetts
Gives an accounting of the “hysteria” the girls brought to the
lay centuries of superstition. “Nurturing” it was a Puritan
culture so strict that it crushed all natural human feelings and
bred only fear and unrest.
133.4 WEI Weisman, Richard Witchcraft, Magic and Religion in 17th
Author explores why the decline of witchcraft prosecutions did
occur just after the most dramatic increase in such prosecutions?
He was not satisfied with explanations that spoke of these events
as instances of collective hysteria or mass delusion.
133.4 JAC Jackson, Shirley The Witchcraft of
1956. In order to understand the seeming madness which swept
which had been building for long centuries before.
133.4 UPH Upham, Charles
craft and related subjects.
133.4 ZEI Zeinert, Karen The
In 1692 a
kind of madness broke out in the small
everywhere. Before the madness had ended, 19 witches had
been arrested or accused by their friends and neighbors and
their property seized. How ere a group of school girls, exhibiting classic symptoms of mass hysteria, able to convince a whole
town that they were being possessed by evil spirits.
133.4 ROA Roach, Marilynne The
This is a day by day account of a “community under siege.”
This book is based on over 25 years of original archival research
(including the author’s discovery of previously unknown
documents), as well as on newly found cases and court records.
133.4 MAR Marvel, Laura The
why a witch-hunt in
motivated the “afflicted” Girls; Why would the innocent
confess? A Chronology is also included.
364.1 ALO Alonso, Karen The Alger Hiss Communist Spy Trial. 2001
A trial based on 2 “spies” involved in the cold war. Whittaker Chambers
was an admitted ex-Communist spy. He claimed Alger Hiss—a well
respected Assistant Secretary of State was a communist. This clash became
a symbol of a much larger conflict between the
345.73 MON Monroe, Judy
Enslow Publishers, 2001.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were arrested in 1950. At that time the United was
under going major political and economic changes. Fear of spies and atomic
bombs was very common.
These issues would affect the
Some Americans developed a profound fear of communism in 1950. Senator
Joe McCarthy claimed that the U.S. Government had employed 205 Communists
and he ha a list containing the names of those people.
BIO MCC Matusow, Allen J. Joseph R. McCarthy
Biography—timelines—explanation and background on the hysteria of anti-
345.73 PRE Prentzas, G. S. Miranda Rights: Protecting the Rights of the Accused.
The 5th amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed criminal defendants the
right not to testify against themselves in a court of law. In Miranda, the Supreme
Court extended the right to remain silent beyond the courtroom to the police
interrogation room. This ruling had a major impact on law enforcement, creating
a new procedure for police officers to follow before questioning suspects or
obtaining confessions. (List of Web Sites included)
973.9 ZEI Zeinert, Karen McCarthy and the Fear of Communism in American History
Explores the people and events involved in what some have called a witch hunt.
Against the backdrop of the terrifying years of the cold war and the fear of
nuclear weapons, Zeinert shows how one man, Joseph McCarthy, was able to
embroil the nation in one of the most controversial periods in U.S. History.
973.921 FRI Fried, Richard Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective.
Provides a most complete history of the rise and fall of the phenomenon known as
McCarthyism. Offers an account of the many different people who became
embroiled in the anti-communist fervor of mid-century
1930’s, to the early years of the Cold War, through the height of the McCarthy
Era, McCarthy’s censure and the decline of the House Committee on
Un-American Activities in the 1960’s.
345.73 SCH Scheppler, Bill The
the details of the 9/11 plot and identifies inadequacies in
collection and analysis that may have caused missed opportunities to unveil the plans.
It introduces examples of efforts to combat terrorism through legislation and points to
key provisions in the USA Patriot Act, which was drafted to remedy intelligence pitfalls.
Finally it considers the controversy surrounding the USA Patriot Act: Some claims that
the act erodes civil liberties and federal lawsuits have ruled sections of the act are
unconstitutional. (Web sites included).
343.73 OLS Olson, Steven P. The Homeland Security Act of 2002: Legislation to Protect
Gives the whys and how` this act was passed in addition to the provisions of the
The author attempts to uncover the lawyers of myths that surround McCarthy.
Reveals the internal and external forces that launched McCarthy on his way to
prominence and then what finally caused his fall.
973.921 HAY Haynes, John Red Scare or Red Menace? Ivan R. Dee, Pub. 1996
to Haynes the
Communist Party of the
never exceeded 70,000 was a definite threat to American security. He concludes
that despite its excesses during the McCarthy era, the anti communism of the
1940s and 1950s was not entirely irrational, given the links between the CPUSA
and Soviet espionage.
973.921 JOH Johnson, Haynes The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism.
Harvest Books, 2005.
Approximately ¾ of this book is devoted to a historical recounting of McCarthy’s
crusade with the remaining quarter spent comparing McCarthyism to present day
973.921 ROV Rovers, Richard H. Senator Joe McCarthy.
Rovere shows how “McCarthy terrorized and silenced routine job holders, great
political and military figures, artists and scientists, and yet vanished abruptly as
a political force three years before he died.