Class Year

2018

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This collection consists primarily of materials produced by the American Legion, the American Coalition, and Patriotic Education, Incorporated for distribution to schools and newspapers, speeches by anti-communist politicians and military members, and publications regarding American nationalism. One of the speeches given is by a notable Gettysburg alumnus, Maj. Gen. Charles Willoughby. The collection focuses heavily on the years 1951 to 1955. While there are multiple anti-communist groups featured, the collection does not provide much background on the organizations themselves. The collection provides an overview of various political issues of the time including the Bricker Amendments, a series of Amendments concerning international treaties and executive power limit that were considered in the 1950s. The opinions of the organizations on immigration laws and Constitutional amendments are also discussed. The collection provides examples of anti-communist propaganda and educational materials provided by each organization. Most of the materials were published by the organizations themselves, although some are from mainstream newspapers. While the collection does provide details on specific government practices, it does not give a wide representation of attitudes amongst anti-communist groups across the United States. The American Coalition section focuses primarily on the Bricker Amendment and immigration reform.

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Collection Size

0.125 cubic feet

Publication Date

February 2017

Keywords

Anti-Communism propaganda, Maj. Gen. Charles Willoughby, American Coalition of Patriotic Societies, American Legion, Patriotic Education, Incorporated, Anti-Communism 20th Century

Disciplines

History | Military History | Political History | United States History

MS-206: Anti-Communist Publicity Materials

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