Robert M. Lichtman
Author of McCarthy-Era History
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Justices of the Warren Court in a 1953 photo.

Joseph McCarthy and his counsel Roy Cohn in April, 1954.

Eleven top Communist Party officials (Eugene Dennis, its general secretary, is second from left), being taken from the Foley Square courthouse in handcuffs after their conviction under the Smith Act in 1949. © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted of espionage conspiracy and sentenced to death, being transported in a U.S. Marshal's van on June 17, 1953. © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

Oleta O'Connor Yates, a Communist Party official in California and the lead defendant in the Court's 1957 Yates decision, shown in 1954 addressing dock workers in San Francisco. © Bettmann/CORBIS

 
 
The Supreme Court and McCarthy-Era Repression:
One Hundred Decisions
A meticulous history of McCarthyism and the Supreme Court.
“Lichtman's book is a carefully
 researched and well crafted snapshot
  of a particularly important period in
   the development of constitutional law.
    His masterly knitting together of
     historical background, sharp
      portraits of the Justices, and concise
       yet incisive accounts of the cases will
         be invaluable for students of this          key moment in the Court's history.”

—Aziz Z. Huq, coauthor of Unchecked
and Unbalanced: Presidential Power
in a Time of Terror

 
 
Goldberg and Hoover: How Two Disparate Washington Insiders Resolved a McCarthy-Era Problem to Mutual (and the Nation's) Advantage
In late 1939, with a second world war just underway, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover ordered that reports be prepared on “persons of German, Italian, and Communist sympathies” whose primary allegiance may be to a foreign country and whose “presence at liberty in this country...would be dangerous to...the safety of the United States Government.” Such persons were to be listed in a “Custodial Detention Index” and considered for internment during a national emergency. Read more >>