How Did The Cold War Contribute To The Rise Of The Red Scare

809 Words4 Pages
Although the Cold War was the most prominent and famous red scare, it was not the first to spread through the United States. America had always been known for its ideal Capitalist government and most citizens believed it was the best form of economic system. Russia, on the other hand did not. All throughout the early twentieth century, Russia was put through a Civil War. Because of World War I the Russian army grew weak during the revolution while the Russian Bolsheviks were able to thrive. The Bolsheviks promoted communism; After taking control of the government and overthrowing the Emperor, Nicholas II, they put the economic system into place. Russia’s name was then changed to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. They then founded the Communist International, an organization…show more content…
Members of the moderate Socialist Party moved towards the new party: American Communists after being inspired by the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. (Red Scare or Red Menace). This party believed in overthrowing the US government using violence. Although in small numbers, 70,000 out of 50 million Americans (history book) , the American Communists were able to create fear and chaos in the mind’s of US citizens. Several bombs were placed strategically all over the US in mailboxes. These bombs were aimed at government officials and big business leaders. After the Palmer raids, in which federal agents arrested six thousand people linked in a conspiracy to overthrow the American government, the red scare started to die down. Along passed the Great Depression and World War II, as Americans felt on top of the world. They, alongside the Triple Alliance, defeated Germany, Italy and Japan. With the best navy and air force and the ultimate weapon the atomic bomb, the US was unchallengeable Although World War II was believed to be the war to end all wars,

    More about How Did The Cold War Contribute To The Rise Of The Red Scare

      Open Document