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Radio Free Europe's "Crusade for Freedom"

Rallying Americans Behind Cold War Broadcasting, 1950-1960

by Richard H. Cummings


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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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McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
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Richard H. Cummings (Author)

Richard H. Cummings was the director of security for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for 15 years beginning in 1980. He currently lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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