The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!: Pageantry and Patriotism in Cold-War America by Richard M. Fried

The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!: Pageantry and Patriotism in Cold-War America

byRichard M. Fried

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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 activistsafterwards 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 HeritageFoundation 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 soupand 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.

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Richard M. Fried is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Nightmare in Red (OUP, 1990).
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Title:The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!: Pageantry and Patriotism in Cold-War AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.19 × 5.39 × 0.59 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Patriotic Pageantry in America1. Wake Up, America: Origins of Modern Patriotism2. Precious Freight: The Freedom Train3. Capturing the Streets for Loyalty4. Springtime for Stalin in Mosinee5. "The Cold War Belongs to Us All": Patriotizing the American Calendar6. The Cornwallises Send Regrets: Historical Commemoration in the 1950s7. Patriotic Gore8. "Shame on Them": The Decline on Cold War PageantryConclusionNotesManuscript SourcesIndex

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"The author of two fine books on the McCarthy era, Fried examines with verve and insight ways in which citizens affirmed anticommunism... Fried [shows] that Cold War patriotism on federal, state, and local levels had much in common with elite mobilization of patriotic fervor during the hot war(similar themes and similar players) and that it also borrowed heavily from previous nativist crusades in American history."--The Journal of American History