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Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Fight the Red Menace: The Children's Crusade against Communism trading cards; 29. Red Riot in Bogota

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09627.29 Author/Creator: Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Trading card Date: 1951 Pagination: 1 collecting card ; 6 x 8 cm.

One trading card from the Red Menace collection, "29. Red Riot in Bogota" illustrating one man shooting an officer while a group of people push a bus on its side and chaos of citizens running surrounded by fire. Reverse side contains propaganda narrative describing a scene of destruction instigated by "Communists" in Bogota, Colombia on April 1948. Text proposes that communism is present everywhere, seeking "chances to make trouble."

The riot in Bogota, known as El Bogotazo, took place on April 9, 1948. Turmoil rose after Liberal-party presidential candidate, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan was assassinated. The riot lasted for 10 hours and caused a period of confusion for the people. Many of those involved in riots were a result of the belief that Gaitan was shot by a police officer.

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