March 9, 2013
Now that the war is was finally over. The last cry of help has been heard and peace was supposedly coming to the United States. Was this information wrong? An ideological war, which prompted mass paranoia known as the Red Scare had spread through the US. It began in 1919 and ended in 1921. “Red Scare”, was the label given to the actions of the riots, legislation, and the hatred and persecution of conscientious, and “subversives” objectors during that period of time. The "Red Scare" (2010) At the heart of this Red Scare the conscription law of May 18, 1917, which happened during World War I in order for the armed forces to be able to conscript more Americans. This eventually caused a lot more problems in the recollection of soldiers for the war. For any one that wanted to claim that status, they had to be a member of a "well-recognized" religious organization, which forbade their members to participation in war. As a result of such from the legislation, 20,000 conscientious objectors were taken into armed forces. Out of these 20,000, 16,000 changed their minds when they reached military camps, 1300 went to non-combat units, 1200 gained furloughs to do farm work, and 100 of these, 450 went to prison. However, these numbers are small in comparison with the 170,000 draft dodgers and 2,810,296 men who were inducted into the armed forces. The "Red Scare" (2010) The objectors were targeted in the Red Scare after the war. They were thought of as cowards, pro-German socialists also they were also accused of spreading propaganda through out the United States. A lot of the organizations began to stand up for the rights of the Objectors. One of those organizations was the National Civil Liberties Bureau, whom later would be called the American Civil Liberation Union. The ACLU began to gain a good reputation for helping out those people with liberal cases that were too poor to pay for their...