Rick Winston will discuss his book “Red Scare” at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro tonight at 7 p.m.

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

Winston explores some forgotten history in the era of Joseph McCarthy and anti-Communist fear, as he discusses how Vermont handled the hysteria of the time.

He’ll profile nine dramas that played out in Vermont, including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics, and a conservative senator who helped take McCarthy down.

The event is free, open to the public and accessible to people in wheelchairs. For more information, call 802-254-5290 or visit www.brookslibraryvt.org.