Remembering the Cold War in the South
Reading Olen Steinhauer, especially 36 Yalta Boulevard, takes me back to the Cold War of my childhood in the 1960's.
I remember having a sheet of stamps like the ones above. My father must have given them to me. I suppose that he had contributed to or had been a member of the United States Anti-Communist Congress. I stuck some on my trumpet case.
In Florida, every high school student was required to take a course called "Americanism versus Communism." The text for the course was Masters of Deceit, a book about the U.S. Communist Party by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
Among segregationist Southern whites, Communists were believed to be behind the Civil Rights movement. I remember these billboards:
It is a picture of MLK at the Highlander Folk School, which, while not a "Communist training school", was a center for labor and civil rights organizing. Close enough, to the segregationist mind.