The Golden Notebook

The Golden Notebook


Doris Lessing

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McCarthyism Term Analysis

The campaign of anti-communist purges and persecution in the United States in the decade after World War II, sometimes also known as the Second Red Scare. Senator Joseph McCarthy and other officials identified and investigated alleged communists, with or without substantial evidence. Hundreds of people were imprisoned, thousands lost their jobs, numerous suspected spies (like the Rosenbergs) were executed, and hundreds of prominent entertainers and artists were blacklisted from the public eye.

McCarthyism Quotes in The Golden Notebook

The The Golden Notebook quotes below are all either spoken by McCarthyism or refer to McCarthyism. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Fragmentation, Breakdown, and Unity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon and Schuster edition of The Golden Notebook published in 1962.
The Notebooks: 4 Quotes

Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.

Related Characters: Anna Wulf (speaker), Saul Green
Page Number: 541
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