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Author Price, David H., 1960-

Title Threatening anthropology : Mccarthyism and the FBI's surveillance of activist anthropologists / David H. Price.

Imprint Durham : Duke University Press, 2004.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  301.09045 P931t 2004    ---  Available
Description xviii, 426 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-403) and index.
Contents A running start at the Cold War : time, place, and outcomes -- Melville Jacobs, Albert Canwell, The University of Washington Regents : a message sent -- Syncopated incompetence : the AAA's reluctance to protect academic freedom -- Hoover's informer -- Lessons learned : Jacobs' fallout and Swadesh's troubles -- Public show trials : Gene Weltfish and a conspiracy of silence -- Bernhard Stern : "A sense of atrophy among those who fear" -- Persecuting equality : the travails of Jack Harris and Mary Shepardson -- Examining the FBI's means and methods -- Known shades of Red : Marxist anthropologists who escaped public show trials -- Red diaper babies, suspect agnates, cognates and afines -- Culture, equality, poverty & paranoia : the FBI, Oscar Lewis & Margaret Mead -- Crusading liberals advocating for racial justice : Philleo Nash & Ashley Montagu -- The suspicions of internationalists -- A glimpse of post McCarthyism : FBI surveillance and consequences for activism -- The Cold War's impact on free inquiry.
Summary Publisher's description: Threatening anthropology offers a meticulously detailed account of how U.S. Cold War surveillance damaged the field of anthropology. David H. Price reveals how dozens of activist anthropologists were publicly and privately persecuted during the Red Scares of the 1940s and 1950s. He shows that it was not Communist Party membership or Marxist beliefs that attracted the most intense scrutiny from the FBI and congressional committees but rather social activism, particularly for racial justice.
Subject Anthropology -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Anthropologists -- United States -- Political activity.
Marxist anthropology -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Blacklisting of anthropologists -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- History -- Sources.
McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957 -- Relations with anthropologists.
ISBN 0822333384 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0822333260 (cloth : alk. paper)

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