Was there a purge in the USA during the Great Depression?

betgo

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Jul 2011
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There weren't that many Communists in 1919, because the Soviet Union had just started. The raids were aimed at Anarchists and Socialists.

In terms of similarity with Communist purges, what happened in the 1964 Indonesia coup, where the membership of the Communist Party was wiped out. Also, the executions of radicals after the 1971 Chile coup, and "death squads" in some Latin American countries. The US may have been involved in all of that.
 
Sep 2012
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There weren't that many Communists in 1919, because the Soviet Union had just started. The raids were aimed at Anarchists and Socialists.
Why this fear driven partly xenophobic i presume movement was named (first) red scare betgo? AEF was still in Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok, trying to help the Czechoslovak legion and fighting against Reds /the U.S. northern expeditionary force against the Germans. The main problem in USA at the time were the anarchists and they (along the socialists) were sworn enemies of the Bolsheviks (Fanni Kaplan vs Lenin etc)? EDIT: Did American authorities 'painted' all these alien (?) leftist movements with same colour?
 
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Recusant

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Sep 2009
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I am not sure I would say "many" and merely "suspected."

Surely, the 11 convicted of trying to overthrow the government by violence, and their friend Dashiell Hammett who would not reveal the contributors to the 11's substantial legal defense fund- or Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs - were not just "suspects."
If you're familiar with the charges in the trial of the 11 CPUSA (Communist Party of the United States) leaders , I question why you would assert that they were "convicted of trying to overthrow the government by violence." They were convicted of violating the Smith Act, not of actually trying to overthrow the government of the US by violence. The verdict was highly questionable for a number of reasons, perhaps the most significant being that the CPUSA had specifically disavowed violent means of overthrowing the US government at least a decade before the trial took place.
 

Code Blue

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Feb 2015
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If you're familiar with the charges in the trial of the 11 CPUSA (Communist Party of the United States) leaders , I question why you would assert that they were "convicted of trying to overthrow the government by violence."
Dashiell Hammett - Wikipedia
"The CRC's bail fund gained national attention on November 4, 1949, when bail in the amount of "$260,000 in negotiable government bonds" was posted "to free eleven men appealing their convictions under the Smith Act for criminal conspiracy to teach and advocate the overthrow of the United States government by force and violence.""

Smith Act - Wikipedia
"The Alien Registration Act, popularly known as the Smith Act...set criminal penalties for advocating the overthrow of the US government by force or violence and required all non-citizen adult residents to register with the federal government. "
 
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