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The Cold War and Civil Liberties The Struggle to balance national security and civil rights

Meg Gorzycki, Ed. D. San Francisco State University Center for Teaching and Faculty Development

Define Cold War • Ideological contest between communism and capitalism, 1945-1991 • Conflict between USA and USSR over which would influence development of other nations • Space race and as example of competition between USA and USSR to dominate development of new technology • Arms race to ensure military dominance

Seeds of Socialism: 19th Century • Industrial revolution • Child labor • Poor wages • No health care • No pensions • Unregulated banking • Unregulated manufacturing

Seeds of Socialism: 19th Century • Unions created • Reforms demanded • New political theories including anarchism and socialism

Roots of Cold War: World War I

• Germany brutally defeats Russia on Eastern Front • Espionage Act, 1917 amended many times to prosecute traitors, pacifists and socialists in US

Roots of Cold War: Vladimir Lenin

• Lenin led revolutionaries to overthrow the Czar • Lenin taught Russians the war was a capitalist venture • Lenin consolidated state control of the economy

Roots of Cold War: Joseph Stalin

• Stalin ruled the Soviet Union from 1927-1953 • Conducted purges during 1930s • Collectivized farms and proliferated industrialization

Roots of Cold War: Anti-Bolshevism

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Red scare 1920s and 30s Fear of labor unions Fear of immigrants Propaganda against socialism

Roots of Cold War: FBI &HUAC • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fights labor unions • J. Edgar Hoover (Director) 1924-1973. • 1938 House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)

Roots of Cold War: World War II The United States and the Soviet Union were allies in World War II

Cold War: Soviet Victories • Soviets take Berlin, 1945 • Soviets consolidate control over Eastern Europe

Cold War: Containment • 1947 National Security Act (CIA and National Security Council) • Containment policy • Marshall Plan • Atomic proliferation • NATO • Loyalty oaths

Cold War: Blacklist • 1946 Blacklisting begins in Hollywood • Hollywood Ten called before HUAC • 1957 non-cooperation begins with CBS • HUAC divides entertainment industry

Cold War: Target Writers and Artists • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Jane Adams W.E.B. Dubois Lillian Hellman Ray Bradbury Allen Ginsburg Charlie Chaplin James Baldwin Ernest Hemmingway Joseph Alsop Bertolt Brecht Pearl Buck Truman Capote Margaret Chung Paul Goodman Rock Hudson Jerome Robins

Paul Robeson Gore Vidal Tennessee Williams Andy Warhol Walter Winchell T. S. Elliot Ezra Pound Upton Sinclair James Joyce Marianne Moore Lorraine Hansberry Langston Hughes Leonard Bernstein Norma Mailer John Lennon Groucho Marx Christopher Isherwood Danny Kaye Georgia O’Keefe

Cold War: Homophobia • Gay men and women were thought especially dangerous to national security • They were especially vulnerable to blackmail

Cold War: Propaganda • God was on capitalism’s side • Communism was the devil’s work • Communists subverted the family

Cold War: Cinema

Cold War: Academia • Cold War challenged limits of academic freedom • Campuses became research centers for government projects including weapons development

Cold War: Civil Rights Movement

Civil rights advocates frequently accused of being communist in order to discredit their demands and critique of American society

Cold War: Anti-War Movement Stereotype: “Peaceniks” are anti-American, lazy, ignorant, college kids, bums, and communists

Reality: Opponents of the war include veterans, religious ministers, and working citizens of all ages and parties

Cold War: Challenged • 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, veteran and Rand analyst disclosed secret files about U.S. agenda in Vietnam • 1971, New York Times Co. v. United States: Supreme Court ruled Nixon could not impose prior restraint on newspapers carrying Pentagon papers

Cold War: Détente 1972-1979 • Arms negotiations • Cultural exchanges • Complicated by wars in Vietnam and Middle East • Soviet invasion Afghanistan, 1979

Cold War: Ends • Mikhail Gorbachev Communist General Party Secretary, 19851991 • Glastnost & Peristroika • Strategic Defense Initiative • End Breshnev Doctrine • Berlin Wall 1989 • End Afghan War, 1989 • Dissolve USSR 1991

National Security: Since 9-11 • Islamic fundamentalism as the new menace of the free world • Sustained investment in weapons development • Patriot Act restricts civil liberties

National Security State: Business Good Communists

Bad Communists

Red-Baiting in 21st Century What do these labels really mean?

Review and Discussion 1. What was the Cold War’s impact on civil liberties? 2. How did the state justify the restriction of liberty? 3. What role did the media play in the conflict between national security and civil liberties? 4. Why did some people support authorities who enforced strict national security laws and why did some not? 5. What is the citizens obligation relative to national security? 6. What are some things that complicate the citizen’s obligation to protect national security? 7. In what ways are current American values and attitudes towards the world similar to the those of the Cold War, and what does this indicate about civil liberties?

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