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Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Fight the Red Menace: The Children's Crusade against Communism trading cards; 3. Slave Labor

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09627.03 Author/Creator: Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Trading card Date: 1951 Pagination: 1 collecting card ; 6 x 8 cm.

Summary of Content: One trading card from the Red Menace collection, "3. Slave Labor," depicting Russian prisoners working in a field while a officer points a weapon at the prisoners. Reverse side contains propaganda narrative describing concentration camps under Soviet Union rule and recommends children to inquire their parents for a copy of "The Department of State Bulletin," September 25, 1950 issue regarding the condition of people in Russia.

Background Information: Gulags or forced-labor camps, were created by Vladimir Lenin and carried on through Joseph Stalin's rule from the 1930s and 1950s. The camps incarcerated petty thiefs and political opponents. After ...Stalin's death in 1953, the gulags continued on. In 1953, it was recorded that there were 2.5 million people incarcerated of which 465,000 people were political prisoners. Gulag prisons were closed by 1987, but similar penal systems existed in Russia until the 2000s. See More

People: Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: PropagandaMilitary MobilizationMilitary PersonnelCommunismPrison Camp

Sub Era: The Fifties

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