Communism and Popular Culture

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Pop Culture as History: The War Comes Home After World War II, the United States faced a malevolent philosophical dispute that had spread from within itself. Chapter nine in Thinking Through the Past is titled “Pop Culture as History: The War Comes Home” because it identifies America’s disposition over the subject of communism during the Cold War era. Historian Stephen J. Whitfield writes his secondary source entitled, “The Culture of the Cold War” which presents a detailed analysis pertaining to the lives of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum of anti-communism during the 1950s in United States. Questions arise that carry significance to cultural and social growth during the period: How was communism threatening the
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With the variety of primary sources available in Chapter nine of Thinking Through the Past, one should be clear in identifying the affects of the Cold War on various forms of popular culture. Within the 1950s, a political struggle was left in the balance of popular culture. The United States had grown aware of a new approach to the political and social establishment known as communism. Media was given little or no leniency for persuasion regarding the communist philosophy. Rather, media was pressed by Americans to douse the blaze it had been creating in society since its establishment as the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) in 1919. Sources in chapter nine of Thinking Through the Past provide evidence to conclude that US media was being strained by society to act disgruntled towards communism. Primary source 2, Advertisement for I Married a Communist (1949) indicates that the American society was turned off by the original name of that movie titled I Married a Communist. In response, the movie name was changed to The Woman on Pier 39 and Beautiful But Dangerous. This source shows the lack of support for communism by the majority of the US population. Source 3, Promotional Material for Walk East on Beacon (1952) identifies a commercial add for a movie, which opens with the narrator praising the FBI for “protecting” the US while they went sniffing through people’s mail. In retrospect, the media portrayed the FBI as being prudent for the protection of the US while


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