Term: Red Scare (scroll down for definition)

 

 

 

 

Definition: Red Scare

After the Bolshevik (Russian) Revolution of 1917, there was a heightened fear of communism in America. Reports of bombings, and influxes of immigrants from Eastern European countries intensified this fear. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer ordered the arrest of anarchists, some labor leaders, and suspected socialists and communists. These arrests were done with little consideration for due process of law. Collectively, they were known as Palmer Raids.

 

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