In American history, the First Red Scare of 1919–1920 was marked by a widespread fear of Bolshevism and anarchism. Concerns over the effects of radical political agitation in American society and alleged spread in the American labor movement fueled the paranoia that defined the period.

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A really nice website that includes so many resources regarding the First Red Scare. There are political cartoon activities, primary source readings, and even a few silent animations!

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September 22, 1919 – The steel strike of 1919, led by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, begins in Pennsylvania before spreading across the United States.

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Originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942

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First Red Scare Begins • 1919 ........... click on image to enlarge

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A bundle with three weeks worth of incredible lessons and projects! The Cold War in America History bundle includes 8 engaging and challenging lessons along with the Cold War Oral History Project to assess your students' mastery of important historical concepts and ability to preserve history for future generations. With an emphasis on research and the Common Core, students will investigate the causes, the conditions, and American life from the First Red Scare to the Vietnam War.

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RADICALS: Suspected "radicals" arrested during the Palmer Raids - also known as the (first) Red Scare - awaiting deportation hearings Ellis Island, January 1920

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McCarthyism - The historical period that came to be known as the McCarthy era began well before Joseph McCarthy's own involvement in it. Many factors contributed to McCarthyism, some of them extending back to the years of the First Red Scare (1917–20), inspired by Communism's emergence as a recognized political force.

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