What do we mean by the term “Reign of Terror”?
A period of remorseless repression or bloodshed……the most famous Reign of Terror was that during the French Revolution…..a period of the French Revolution, from about March, 1793, to July, 1794, during which many persons were ruthlessly executed by the ruling faction.
… the Terror was a brief but deadly period where Maximilien Robespierre, the Committee of Public Safety and the Revolutionary Tribunals condemned thousands of people to die under the falling blade of the guillotine.
The realities of the Terror were more complex. The Reign of Terror was not driven by one man, one body or one policy. It was a child with many parents, triggered and driven by different forces and factors.
Anyone that knows a little history will know of the barbarity committed during the French Revolution….what about the Reign of Terror here in the good old US of A?
Yes Irene there was a Reign of Terror here…..and NO it is not some condemnation of the Trump admin….ever hear of the Palmer Raids?
on January 3, 1920—Americans woke up to discover just how little their own government regarded the cherished Bill of Rights. During the night, some 4,000 of their fellow citizens were rounded up and jailed for what amounted, in most cases, to no good reason at all and no due process, either.
Welcome to the story of the Palmer Raids, named for their instigator, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. Though largely forgotten today, they shouldn’t be. They constituted a horrific, shameful episode in American history, one of the lowest moments for liberty since King George III quartered troops in private homes.
The terror during the night of January 2-3, 1920, shocked and frightened many citizens. In her 1971 book, America’s Reign of Terror: World War I, the Red Scare, and the Palmer Raids, Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht wrote:
But for those that would like more information on these violation by the US government….https://www.history.com/topics/red-scare/palmer-raids
And this not the first time of which actions by the government…..This wasn’t the first time the government in Washington had trampled the Bill of Rights. No less than the administration of John Adams, an American founding patriot, briefly shut down newspapers and dissenting opinion with its Alien & Sedition Acts of 1798. Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus and arrested thousands of political opponents in Northern states.
The sad thing is that it is all but forgotten with all the “patriotic” BS….it is history and to ignore it means that it could happen again….and again…..
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