Is This Tomorrow, Catechetical Guild Educational Society, 1947, cartoon, http://www.amistadresource.org/LBimages/image_07_12_010_communism.jpg
The image above is the cover art for the front of a comic book made in the late 1940s designed to educate Americans about the injustices of communism and the negative impacts that it would have on the country. I found it interesting that the comic was meant to educate people when it is so blatantly obvious from the image that it is purely propaganda made to incite an irrational fear of communism into the minds of Americans. At the time many powerful leaders, such as Senator McCarthy, feared a communist takeover in the U.S so they spread anti-communist propaganda across the country.
In reality, it is unlikely that there would have been any communist takeover even without the immense amount of propaganda used to fight it, but that’s not to say people like Senator McCarthy didn’t accomplish their goal. They successfully twisted the truth in order to manipulate how Americans viewed communism. It is scary to think that the people in power can so easily influence how the general public think through manipulative propaganda like the image above, and it makes you question the things we are being taught in schools today.