Discrediting the Red Scare: The Cold War Trials of James Kutcher, "The Legless Veteran"

Discrediting the Red Scare The Cold War Trials of James Kutcher The Legless Veteran During the Allies invasion of Italy in the thick of World War II American soldier James Kutcher was hit by a German mortar shell and lost both of his legs Back home rehabilitated and given a job at

  • Title: Discrediting the Red Scare: The Cold War Trials of James Kutcher, "The Legless Veteran"
  • Author: Robert Justin Goldstein
  • ISBN: 9780700622252
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • During the Allies invasion of Italy in the thick of World War II, American soldier James Kutcher was hit by a German mortar shell and lost both of his legs Back home, rehabilitated and given a job at the Veterans Administration, he was soon to learn that his battles were far from over In 1948, in the throes of the post war Red Scare, the hysteria over perceived CommuniDuring the Allies invasion of Italy in the thick of World War II, American soldier James Kutcher was hit by a German mortar shell and lost both of his legs Back home, rehabilitated and given a job at the Veterans Administration, he was soon to learn that his battles were far from over In 1948, in the throes of the post war Red Scare, the hysteria over perceived Communist threats that marked the Cold War, the government moved to fire Kutcher because of his membership in a small, left wing group that had once espoused revolutionary sentiments Kutcher s eight year legal odyssey to clear his name and assert his First Amendment rights, described in full for the first time in this book, is at once a cautionary tale in a new period of patriotic one upmanship, and a story of tenacious patriotism in its own right.The son of Russian immigrants, James Kutcher came of age during the Great Depression Robbed of his hope of attending college or finding work of any kind, he joined the Socialist Workers Party, left wing and strongly anti Soviet, in his hometown of Newark When his membership in the SWP came back to haunt him at the height of the Red Scare, Kutcher took up the fight against efforts to punish people for their thoughts, ideas, speech, and associations As a man who had fought for his country and paid a great price, had never done anything that could be construed as treasonous, held a low level clerical position utterly unconnected with national security, and was the sole support of his elderly parents, Kutcher cut an especially sympathetic figure in the drama of Cold War witch hunts In a series of confrontations, in what were highly publicized as the case of the legless veteran, the federal government tried to oust Kutcher from his menial Veterans Administration job, take away his World War II disability benefits, and to oust him and his family from their federally subsidized housing Discrediting the Red Scare tells the story of his long legal struggle in the face of government persecution that redoubled after every setback until the bitter end.

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    1. Once again a good summary of a particular legal issue in the Landmark Law Cases and American Society. The case itself is an excellent illustration of the pettiness of humans, as well as the abuse of power by the FBI. In particular, the attempt to deny Kutcher's disability pension was a particularly low point. While Goldstein does a reasonable job of referring to issues as they come up, the decision to split coverage of events occurring contemporaneously by whether they relate to employment and h [...]

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