The Postwar Red Scare in the Jazz Age

By Jakob Carter, Claire Fries,
and Leo Rainard

Main Summary

After World War One, a panic swept the nation with the fear of communism, bombs, and labor unrest. This caused the US government to search out and prosecute suspected suspects

Important point 1:

In 1919 and 1920, bombs, suspected of being planted by radicals, were exploded in many prominent capitalist homes. This caused a list of subjects, but no one was found guilty.

Political cartoon about how not everyone was a radical

Important point 2:

President Wilson's attorney general, A. Mitchell Palmer raided leftist organizations such as the Communist Party and the radical labor union, hoping to gain support for his presidential campaign in 1920.

Political cartoon about Palmer, who was targeting innocents in his raids

Important point 3:

Congress and state legislatures also tried to attack radicalism by refusing seats to those who they accused to be radicals, including Victor Berger. Berger was later accused of sedition.

Picture says Victor Berger was convicted under the Espionage act.

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