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Analysis of the Red Scare The tumult and the shouting dies The captains and the kings depart -Kipling The Recessional Mr Kipling was wrong War does not always end with the last cry on the battlefield World War I certainly did not After the war formally ended on November 18 1918 there was an ideological war still going on in the US An ideological war which prompted mass paranoia and caused among many other things what would be known as the Red Scare which began in 1919 and ended in 1921 Red Scare was the label given to the actions of legislation the race riots and the hatred and persecution of subversives and conscientious objectors during that period of time It is this hysteria which would find itself repeated several decades later in history when Senator Joeseph R Macarthy accused high government officials and high standing military officers of being communist Undoubtedly the most important topic of an investigation into a historical occurrence is its inception What caused the Red Scare At the heart of the Red Scare was the conscription law of May 18 1917 which was put in place during World War I for the armed forces to be able to conscript more Americans This law caused many problems for the conscientious objector to WWI because for one to claim that status one had to be a member of a well-recognized religious organization which forbade their members to participation in war As a result of such unyeilding legislation 20000 conscientious objectors were inducted into the armed forces Out of these 20000 16000 changed their minds when they reached military camps 1300 went to non-combat units 1200 gained furloughs to do farm work and 100 did Quaker relief
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