THE PRESIDENCY: History & Hysteria

The President, in his weekly press conference, had another label to stick on the investigations of Communist activities, which he once called a red herring. This time it was "hysteria."

"Are you confident that no part of your executive branch is gripped by this hysteria?" one reporter wanted to know. Harry

Truman replied firmly that he was; he would clear the hysteria out if he knew of any. He was pretty relaxed about the whole thing.

In his best schoolmasterly manner, he advised the newsmen to bone up on the history of the Alien and Sedition laws of the 1790s. They would...

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