Radio Free Europe’s “Crusade for Freedom”: Rallying Americans Behind Cold War Broadcasting, 1950–1960

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McFarland, Sep 24, 2010 - Performing Arts - 265 pages
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From 1950 to 1960, millions of Americans participated in Radio Free Europe’s “Crusade for Freedom.” They signed “Freedom Scrolls” and “Freedom Grams,” attended Crusader meetings, marched in parades, launched leaflet-carrying balloons, and donated Truth Dollars in support of the American effort to broadcast news and other programming to the peoples of communist-governed European countries. The Crusade for Freedom proved to be a powerful tool of the state-private network’s anti-communist agenda. This book takes an in-depth look at the Crusade for Freedom, revealing how its unmatched pageantry of patriotism led to the creation of a dynamic movement involving not only the government but also private industry, mass media, academia, religious leaders, and average Americans.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
1 How It All Began
9
2 A Roll Call of All Americans Who Love Freedom
29
3 Help Truth Fight Communism
47
4 From FreedomGrams to Flying Saucers
75
5 Help Stop World War III Before It Starts
96
6 How YOU Can Help Fight Communism
116
10 Truth Broadcasts Bowling and Harlem Globetrotters
177
11 Concluding the Crusade for Freedom
193
Appendix A
209
Appendix B
211
Appendix C
215
Appendix D
217
Appendix E
219
Chapter Notes
233

7 Newspaper Boys and Balloons Against Communists
135
8 The One Thing the Iron Curtain Cant Keep OutTRUTH
148
9 Freedom Is Not Free
161
Selected Bibliography
245
Index
249
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Richard H. Cummings was the director of security for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for 15 years beginning in 1980. He currently lives in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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