The Press: The Houston Scare

"For a large American city," said the Houston Post (circ. 184,461), "Houston is remarkably free of Communist influences . . . which, from all indications, just do not exist in the city." Schoolteachers have uncomplainingly taken non-Communist oaths; no Houstonians have taken refuge behind the Fifth Amendment before a congressional committee; Houston has neither Red-tinged bookshops nor locally published pink magazines. Nevertheless, said the Post, a "miasmic fear of Communism . . . has permeated Houston." In whispering campaigns, patriotic clergymen, educators and schoolteachers have been denounced as Reds, and meeting halls...

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