Occupy History PSU Part 2 Joe Uris Why No Revolution? A Short History of American Left Movements 1945 - 2012
Following World War II, a massive attack on the Left took place.
This attack was in response to Soviet successes in World War II, the Chinese Revolution and a then popular American progressive movement. At the same time the newly created CIA moved to stop potential enormous gains for Communism in Western Europe.
Domestically, the attack on the American left included demonizationand massive propaganda, as well as the jailing of much of the leadership of the Communist Party.
Unions were purged of their Left. Hollywood stopped making socially significant films. And the culture hunkered down into what we now understand as the Cold War mentality.