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The year of living dangerously

  • Jun 27, 2007
Just when you think that you know a bit about all of American history, a book such as this comes along and greatly adds to your knowledge. If you accept the author's point of view, 1919 may have been one of the scariest years in our nation's history. This excellent work goes into great detail about many things that happened during that year, in particular how the returning black soldiers determined not to once again accept "their place" as assigned to them by the white race, particularly in the South. For this retelling alone, the book is worth reading, but it delves into political, social, and other topics. For those folks who feel that the Republican party of the 21st century is slowly eroding our rigths as citizens, reading this book will reveal that in 1919 the Democrats were much more virulent in trying to reduce, or eliminate, many of the rights we have today, and have had since the beginning of this nation. Makes you think.....

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History of America in 1919 focusing on the problems of racism, lynching, government oppression of free speech, the "Red scare", and labor unrest, strains too hard to parable-ize the story for post 9/11 America. Focus is on government failures and over zealousness, without a bigger-picture view of the real concerns that drove those mistakes.    Hagedorn's story is best when it focuses on the very real disconnect between sacrifices made by African-American in World War I and the …
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Written with the sweep of an epic novel and grounded in extensive research into contemporary documents,Savage Peaceis a striking portrait of American democracy under stress. It is the surprising story of America in the year 1919.

In the aftermath of an unprecedented worldwide war and a flu pandemic, Americans began the year full of hope, expecting to reap the benefits of peace. But instead, the fear of terrorism filled their days. Bolshevism was the new menace, and the federal government, utilizing a vast network of domestic spies, began to watch anyone deemed suspicious. A young lawyer named J. Edgar Hoover headed a brand-new intelligence division of the Bureau of Investigation (later to become the FBI). Bombs exploded on the doorstep of the attorney general's home in Washington, D.C., and 36 parcels containing bombs were discovered at post offices across the country. Poet and journalist Carl Sandburg, recently returned from abroad with a trunk full of Bolshevik literature, was detained in New York, his trunk seized. A 21-year-old Russian girl living in New York was sentenced to 15 years in prison for protesting U.S. intervention in Arctic Russia, where thousands of American soldiers remained after the Armistice, ostensibly to guard supplies but in reality to join a British force meant to be a warning to the new Bolshevik government.

In 1919, wartime legislation intended to curb criticism of the government was extended and even strengthened. Labor strife was a...

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ISBN-10: 0743243714
ISBN-13: 978-0743243711
Author: Ann Hagedorn
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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