Red Scare in the Green Mountains

June 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Our meet the author series concludes next Tuesday with a visit from Rick Winston, who will present a program about his book, Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960.

Winston will discuss what happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country. Quite a bit, as it turns out. “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarty Era,” explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. There were several fascinating stories in the Green Mountains, including a high-profile academic firing, a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, and some veteran newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics.

This is a Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Lawrence Memorial Library.