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Pauli Murray & Caroline WareForty Years of Letters in Black and White$
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Anne Firor Scott

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830550

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876732_scott

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The Cold War, Mccarthyism, and Civil Rights

The Cold War, Mccarthyism, and Civil Rights

(p.51) 2 The Cold War, Mccarthyism, and Civil Rights
Pauli Murray & Caroline Ware

Anne Firor Scott

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter, which illustrates Murray's struggle in party politics and making a decent living, tells of the outbreak of intolerance in American history that affected Murray and Ware in different ways and to different degrees. It enumerates some of the complex causes that affected the two women, beginning from a time when one or another group of people were seen by others as endangering the country. The chapter notes that the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, limiting freedom of speech and the press and attacking aliens, were an early example. It specifies major historic events such as the creation of the Know-Nothing Party, which opposed Catholicism or Irish immigrants or both; southern states expelling abolitionists: anti-Communist crusades in the 1930s beginning to heat up with the creation of the House Committee on Un-American activities; and the United States' concern about the intentions of the Soviet Union.

Keywords:   Murray, Ware, Sedition Acts, Know-Nothing Party, Catholicism, Irish immigrants, anti-Communists, Soviet Union

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