Saturday, April 4, 2009
After the Second World War there was a feeling at large of skepticism. Americans had just finished fighting a war over discrimination but they themselves had begun to search for differences. There was a large national security campaign against homosexuals as well as transsexuals. Even Hollywood felt the effects of the search for subversives. Stars were not allowed to work in Hollywood anymore if they were but on the “blacklist” for being alleged subversives. Immigration laws that allowed the government to turn people of a certain origin away sprang up. There was even a scare in the government, named “McCarthyism” after the man who accused the government of employing communists. This anti-communist movement in the United States was appropriately named the “Great Fear” and was characterized as an anxiety ridden time that was spent searching for communists.