This book explores a widely lived yet little remembered facet of America's cultural and political history: the Cold War as experienced at the grassroots level. Here, Fried traces the cresting of modern patriotic observance during World War II and then shows how patriotic and civic activists afterwards labored to recreate a remembered unity and commitment in the tension-filled Cold War era. A variety of national and local entities mounted campaigns "to sell America to the Americans" through "rededication" celebrations like Know Your America Week and Freedom Week. The American Heritage Foundation wheeled out the Freedom Train, which carried seminal documents of the nation's past to railroad depots across the US. Fried revisits the 1950 "Communist invasion" of Mosinee, Wisconsin, when ersatz Stalinists harassed and bullied citizens and the town's eateries served only potato soup and black bread. He also depicts the creation and inauguration of new patriotic events like Loyalty Day and Armed Forces Day.
Meticulously researched, this book recreates a colorful, sometimes comical, and always revealing dimension of our history.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Richard M. Fried is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Nightmare in Red (OUP, 1990).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Patriotic Pageantry in America
1. Wake Up, America: Origins of Modern Patriotism
2. Precious Freight: The Freedom Train
3. Capturing the Streets for Loyalty
4. Springtime for Stalin in Mosinee
5. "The Cold War Belongs to Us All": Patriotizing the American Calendar
6. The Cornwallises Send Regrets: Historical Commemoration in the 1950s
7. Patriotic Gore
8. "Shame on Them": The Decline on Cold War Pageantry
What People are Saying About This
Richard Fried's lively, perceptive, brilliantly written account of two decades of pageantry offers sometimes chilling, and often comical insights into the political culture of Cold War America.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A significant new approach to our understanding of domestic aspects of the Cold War. Drawing from a rich array of original sources, Fried shows how a government-private partnership created public pageants to generate popular support for the conflict with the Soviet Union. No other work explains so well how prominent officials and business leaders tried to persuade ordinary people to see connections between their daily lives and the global competition with the Soviet Union.
University of Colorado, Boulder
A wonderful account of civil pageantry in the McCarthy era, when true patriots observed 'Loyalty Day,' rode the 'Freedom Train,' and marched in 'Wake Up, America' parades. In the crowded field of Cold War scholarship, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! stands out for its originality, its elegant writing, and its often-hilarious recreation of the grassroots struggle against communism in the ominous days of Alger Hiss, atomic air raid drills, and the Korean War. A must-read for anyone interested in modern American history, and a fun read as well.