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Red Scare in the Green Mountains, with Rick Winston

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 07:00pm - 08:30pm

Join us on Tuesday, May 21st at 7 pm as author Rick Winston discusses his book, Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCArthy Era 1946-1960. What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. This book 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.

In Rick Winston's book, nine of the most gripping dramas played out in Vermont during "scoundrel time," including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics, and a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy. Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation, and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely.

About the Author:
Rick Winston grew up in Yonkers, New York, and attended both Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley. He arrived in Adamant, Vermont in 1970, and still lives there. He started Montpelier's Lightning Ridge Film Society in 1972, which morphed into the Savoy Theater in 1981. He is currently teaching film history. His long-standing interest in the Red Scare era led him to become one of the organizers of the 1998 Montpelier conference, "Vermont in the McCarthy Era."


“Gracefully written, full of wonderful, well-chosen details, ...paints a vivid picture of a state torn between rock-ribbed conservatism and deep respect for civil liberties...a state that nurtured a young Bernie Sanders in his early activist days." Marjorie Heins, author of Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge

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