Above is a political pamphlet published in 1947 by the Catechetical Guild Education Society of St. Paul, Minnesota. At just ten cents a copy, this pamphlet features a full-color comic and advice on how to “fight communism with ten commandments of citizenship.” Approximately four million copies were printed and distributed to church groups throughout the country (http://writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/is-this-tomorrow.html).
I cannot help but wonder how this political pamphlet would be perceived today. I remember having a discussion in one of my classes last year about how many Americans are desensitized to the media. It takes a lot to convince us, and sometimes, we do not take threats seriously, until it actually happens.
The period from 1947-1953 marks the beginning of the Cold War–from the Truman Doctrine to the Korean War. I find this pamphlet interesting because it appealed to a niche market — churchgoers. The pamphlet, like many YouTube videos and online forums went viral, in a sense, and created a stir among Americans nationwide.