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Inside the Vault: Anti-Communist Trading Cards: Fight the Red Menace: Children’s Crusade against Communism
Join us on December 2, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) as Professor Victoria Phillips discusses selected trading cards from the Fight the Red Menace: Children’s Crusade against Communism series.

In 1951, the Bowman Bubblegum Company issued forty-eight trading cards as part of a propaganda initiative to teach American children about the threatened spread of communism. Each card features a dramatic, colorful depiction of American military heroes and victories or Communist villains and their atrocities. The text on the reverse uses strong language to focus on the threat posed by Communism, building on fears of infiltration at home and military attacks from abroad.
This event is for teachers, students and their families — and everyone with an interest in history!

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Dec 2, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Dr. Victoria Phillips
Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and director of the Cold War Archival Research project (CWAR)
Victoria Phillips is the author of "Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy." Phillips is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and director of the Cold War Archival Research project (CWAR). Her articles have appeared in such varied publications as the New York Times, American Communist History, Dance Chronicle, Ballet News, and Dance Research Journal. She has curated several public exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Phillips has lectured at renowned universities, colleges, high schools, and international institutes. At present, she serves as the Chair of the SHAFR Task Force on Digital Resources, and on the boards of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the European Institute at Columbia University, and the British Society of Dance Historians. She is on the editorial boards of American Communist History and Dance Chronicle. Her primary research is held at the Library of Congress as the Victoria Phillips Collection.