The Cold War According to <em>My Weekly Reader</em>

Authors

  • Marc Richards

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-050-05-1998-09_4

Keywords:

Imperialism, Media

Abstract

Ron Kovic never doubted the cold war truths that he absorbed during his childhood in Levittown, New York during the 1950s and early 1960s. Ron Kovic learned to hate the communists back then, convinced as he was that they were plotting to subvert his government, even "trying to take over our [school] classes and control our minds." Steeling his thoughts against unpatriotic communist propaganda, ideologically recruited for a sustained cold war effort fought on many fronts, he identified with his country's fortunes, cheering its triumphs, weeping over its defeats. He had joined the Cub Scouts and marched proudly in memorial day parades. He and his friends built fallout shelters out of milk cartons and swore to one another that they would march down to the Levittown shopping center together to enlist in the United States Marines when they came of age.

Published

1998-10-04

Issue

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Articles