January 10th, 2018
compare and contrast two of the arguments presented in Schrecker’s book: J. Edgar Hoover’s testimony to Congress
The history of the Cold War is a stark reminder of how Americans have often struggled to find a balance between maintaining in a liberal democracy and protecting it from forces that seek to subvert it (indeed, we are having this same debate today over how to fight the war on terrorism!) As Ellen Schrecker explains in The Age of McCarthyism, many Americans were persecuted during this Cold War period because they held unpopular beliefs. While some may certainly have been intent on subverting American democracy, many others were not.
compare and contrast two of the arguments presented in Schrecker’s book: J. Edgar Hoover’s testimony to Congress and Sidney Hook’s “Cold War Liberal View of the Communist Threat” . Based on your readings of Schrecker, critically evaluate what these authors are saying. For instance, is Hoover exaggerating the threat? In what aspect does Hook disagree with Hoover in regards to conspiracy vs. heresy (i.e., what’s the distinction that Hook makes and why does he feel Hoover is in error?) What criticism can you offer of BOTH of these authors?