The Red Scare

OSH 968 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description: In this class, we will explore the origins of Americans’ fear of Marxism, Bolshevism, Socialism, and Communism dating back to the 1800s. By the turn of the twentieth century, the nation was well aware of the philosophy of Karl Marx and Herbert Spencer’s Social Darwinism, both of which seemed to threaten the American way of life. 

Note: If you have taken a prior version of this course with Dr. Scheibach, it has been updated and new material will be presented. 




Week 1

The Origins of the Red Scare.

Week 2

From WWI through the 1920s.

Week 3

The 1930s and Mid -1940s.

Week 4

The Rise of McCarthyism.

Week 5

Blacklists and Loyalty Oaths: Movies and TV.

Week 6

The Continuing Impact of the Red Scare.

Instructor:  Dr. Michael Scheibach


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This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses are available either in-person only, via Zoom only or hybrid (either in-person or via Zoom). Please note the modality of each class. Membership is required.

OLLI 2023-2024 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2023 Ends: 7/31/2024