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The Cold War at Home

TermDefinition
Red scare The widespread fear of communist influences
Communist A member of the Communist Party or movement.
Totalitarian A person who advocates a centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life.
Capitalist Person who has especially extensive money, invested in business enterprises.
Smith Act An act that made it unlawful to teach or advocate the violent overthrown of the US government
HUAC Created by the House of Representatives to investigate possible subversion activities by fascists, Nazis, or communists.
Hollywood Ten A group of left wing writers, directors, and producers who refused to answer questions, so they would not cause self-incrimination.
Blacklist A list of entertainment figures who they thought shouldn't be hired because of their suspected communist ties.
Alger Hiss Accused of stealing government documents. Hiss was sentenced to five years in prison.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Accused of passing on atomic secrets. They were executed by the electric chair.
Joseph R. McCarthy A senator from Wheeling, West Virginia. McCarthy claimed that the State Department was infested with communist agents.
McCarthyism A catchword for extreme, reckless charges.
Terrorism and the Patriot Act Congress passed it to help law enforcement agencies prevent future terrorist attacks after 9/11
Created by: jacksocl