Communism and Popular Culture Essay

1510 WordsMar 22, 20137 Pages
TTP9 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…show more content…
According to Whitfield, America had begun to despise the principles of communism to such an extend that it, “Became more loathed than organized crime, exacerbating fears that were to distort and enfeeble American culture throughout the 1940s and 1950s...” (220). Writer Mickey Spillane was said to have been given a “license to print money” when added to a list of fictional writes that stood firm on his anti-Communist manner (223). Among the ten most published novels of the 1950s, he had written six of those ten. His best selling novel, I, The Jury sold over 3 million copies. It was about a young woman who had been politically persuaded by communists and a man who tried to change her political standpoint. The American majority held a solemn demeanor regarding communism which is evident in the sale of Spillane’s novels. Hollywood was visited by the HUAC in 1947 and greeted by the movie industry with the Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. A faction that concluded, “Anyone who is not fighting Communism is helping Communism” (223). Whitfield concludes that the effect of all these things were, “ The suffocation of liberty and the debasement of culture itself” (220). In his secondary source, Whitfield suggests that American culture was thwarted specifically by destruction of creativity
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