From Ohio History Central
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With the Cold War's outbreak during the late 1940s, many Americans feared the spread of communism. A majority of Americans became convinced that the Soviet Union sought to spread its communist ideology around the world, overthrowing the United States' capitalist economy and representative democracy. Many government leaders at the national and state levels became convinced that communists were actively at work within the United States to overthrow the nation.
The Ohio Un-American Activities Committee continued its investigations for the next several years. Eventually, the committee ceased operation. This was primarily due to a growing realization that the Ohio Un-American Activities Committee's actions violated Ohioans' basic civil liberties, including freedom of speech and the right to assemble peaceably.
[[Category:The Cold War and Civil Rights]]