American Inquisition

American Inquisition

The Era of McCarthyism

Audiobook CD - 2004
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In this course, Yeshiva University history professor Ellen Schrecker investigates the early years of the Cold War and the anticommunist witch hunt that we now call McCarthyism as it swept through Americna society.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p2004.
Edition: Audio program.
ISBN: 9781402547591
Call Number: 973.9 SCHRECKER
Characteristics: 7 compact discs (14 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guide (80 p. : ill. (some col.))
Subjects: McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957.
Compact discs, Book.
Subversive activities -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Communism -- United States -- History.
Internal security -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Anti-communist movements -- United States -- History.
Alternative Title: Era of McCarthyism


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Mee2 Mar 13, 2013

According to Dr. Ellen Schrecker spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were not traitors but held a "non-traditional patriotism." She also characterizes other communists as "internationalists whose political allegiances transcended national borders." She describes Sami Al Arian as a "Palestinian nationalist"; yet he was the North American head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad; he called for the killing of Americans and Jews; he raised funds for terrorist organizations; and tried to employ Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, a terrorist leader, at the faculty of the University of South Florida. Yet she portrays Al Arian’s firing as “political repression, […] a classic violation of academic freedom: it involved his off-campus political activities." Besides, she condemned the prohibition of funding to persons "who commit, threaten to commit or support terrorism" because "[t]he government’s heightened security concerns are affecting research." Yet, Keller has never written/uttered one single word against the crimes committed in the name of Communism! On the contrary, she laments the demise of the Communist Party in the US: "With their demise the nation lost the institutional network that had created a public space where serious alternatives to the status quo could be presented." For her people like McCarthy and Sidney Hook were the ones "undermining" American democracy, not the American communists who betrayed their country in the name of the Soviet Union. Keller, a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the AAUP National Council, is a champion for free speech, but only when it comes to academics who spouse philosophies similar to hers; when it comes to the ones who spouse different views (such as professors Ron Johnson and Christian Phil Mitchell, who she might label "right-wing"), both her and the AAUP did not utter a peep! These links have more facts about Dr. Schrecker:, and

Mar 13, 2013

Ellen Schrecker, PhD, Harvard University. Professor of History, Yeshiva University, NYC. Before coming to Yeshiva, Schrecker taught at Harvard, Princeton, and NYU. Her recent publication, “The Lost Soul of Higher Education: corporatization, the assault on academic freedom, and the end of the American university”, looks at the contemporary academic scene. 2010 New Press hc ISBN-10: 1595584005


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