This poster is a clear example of the way communists were treated in America during the Communist witch hunt era. The government was trying to make it as obvious as possible that the communist spies within our government were definitely there and plotting to destroy America from the inside out.
Here we see the hand on Communism, with hammer and sickle tattoo, stabbing a knife directly into the United States. This was to reenforce the idea that communists were inside our government and destroying it like a knife to the back. The person or group who made this poster was clearly trying to breed fear and distrust in the minds of all who saw it. Through the eyes of the government, the only way to beat this problem was to make everyone so weary of it that they didn’t trust anyone. If this was achieved then of course eventually the right person would be accused and the communist would be weeded out. Unfortunately with this strategy even the most loyal americans were treated as if they were criminals and often times put on trial for crimes they had never had any intention of committing. This is just one of thousands of posters like it created in the mid 1950’s which turned out to be one of the most trying times in American history.