Book on Vermont's "Red Scare"

In the last several years, I have been writing essays about how the “McCarthy Era” affected my adopted state of Vermont. One essay has appeared in Vermont History (the journal of the Vermont Historical Society), two more in the Walloomsack Review (a publication of the Bennington Museum). I'm now ready to publish a book of these essays. Although other books have alluded to this history in passing, "Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1[phone redacted]" will be the first one devoted entirely to the subject.

When I started my research on this topic in 1988, no one could have foreseen that we would now have a president whose political mentor was Senator Joseph McCarthy’s chief aide, Roy Cohn. Fear of the ‘other’ and targeting of dissenters are once again part of the civic atmosphere. A study of how Vermont reacted to the hysteria of that "Red Scare" era grows more timely by the day. 

A local imprint, Rootstock Publishing, is eager to see this book to completion. Before they provide the publishing services, from editing and graphic design to marketing and indexing, I need to raise money. Not as much as conventional self-publishing ventures require, but enough - $6000 – to make it a daunting prospect for me. So I am turning to a crowd-funding model for this venture. If all goes well, "Red Scare in the Green Mountains" will be ready by Summer 2018.

I hope you can help make this book a reality. Those contributing $100 or more will get a free, signed copy on its release.


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Rick Winston 
Adamant, VT
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