The U.S. and the Bolshevik Revolution

The U.S. And The Bolshevik Revolution

The U.S. and the Bolshevik Revolution

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The Bolshevik Revolution (led by Lenin) was the key event that pitted the United States and the Soviet Union against each other for the next seventy years. It was the foundation for a face off between the two nations that would emerge as the world's superpowers.

Foreign Policy Response

The United States responded to the revolution by participating in the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War with the Allies of World War I in support of the White movement. The United States withheld diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union until 1933 .

Domestic response

Inevitably, Americans became concerned about Bolshevism in the U.S. Many viewed labor unions as the primary method by which radicals acted in American society. The public consensus called for action against these radicals. Theses cries for action reached their peak after Attorney-General A. Mitchell Palmer's home was bombed and numerous bombs intended for other government officials were intercepted . Terror and outrage, remembered as the Red Scare, swept the country. Riots broke out in cities across the country against the Union of Russian Workers and other organizations that the public believed to be filled with Communist conspirators. In response to these riots, Palmer created the General Intelligence Division in the Justice Department. J. Edgar Hoover was selected as the leader of this new division that would investigate the identities and actions of suspected revolutionaries.Palmer , who was still not...
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