Harry truman’s presidency and the cold war



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Smith Act of 1940
        1. Made it illegal to advocate the overthrow of the government by force or to belong to an organization advocating such a position
        2. Used by Truman administration to jail leaders of the American Communist Party. -- 11 communists brought to trial in New York in 1949 and sent to prison for advocating the overthrow of the US gov't by force.
    C. Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) indicts Alger Hiss, 1947
        1. HUAC created in 1945 to root out communism during the "Red Scare" after WWII that lasted into the mid-1950s.
            a. Committee was sensationalistic, including going after public figures in Hollywood.
            b. Liberals and members of the New Deal targeted
            c. Senate counterpart to HUAC also active in anti-communist investigations.
        2. Richard Nixon led the movement to indict


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