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

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Capturing the Streets for Loyalty

A parade can be an ambiguous sociopolitical construct. It enables those who rule to impress their sense of right order upon an audience in a linear, moving ceremony full of symbol, protocol and ornament. Yet groups with differing interests can offer competitive dramaturgy of their own. When one aspires to seize ceremonial space and time and to dictate proper appearance and behavior, any opposition element may well assert its own claim to such public commodities. Like its brute cousin the riot, a parade is a show of power. During the Cold War, having or lacking power often dictated who might parade and who might not. 1

Not surprisingly, contests over the right to mount public display, and its timing and location, embroiled the Left and its foes during the Cold War. Since the Bolshevik Revolution--and even before--it had galled conservatives to see radicals claim public areas to celebrate and instruct through sociodramas of their own devising. The right-wing American Defense Society deemed it scandalous that, during the 1926 Passaic furriers strike, kids were led by the Communist Young Pioneers of America in playground games like "Strikers and Scabs." 2

In the Cold War era, anti-communists witnessed numerous leftist demonstrations, all of which offended them. When eleven Communist

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction Patriotic Pageantry in America 1
  • 1 - Wake Up, America 11
  • 2 - Precious Freight the Freedom Train 29
  • 3 - Capturing the Streets for Loyalty 51
  • 5 - The Cold War Belongs to Us All"" 87
  • 6 - The Cornwallises Send Regrets Historical Commemoration in the 1950s 99
  • 7 - Patriotic Gore 119
  • 8 - Shame on Them"" 139
  • Conclusion 151
  • Notes 161
  • Manuscript Sources 207
  • Index 211
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