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Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Fight the Red Menace: The Children's Crusade against Communism trading cards; 47. War-Maker

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09627.47 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, "47. War-Maker" depicting an exaggerated portrait of Mao Tse-tung with a green face and included in the background is a monster wielding a large sword. Reverse side contains propaganda narrative describing Mao Tse-tung's efforts to bring communism to China. Text mentions that it was successful partly due to the fact that Russia supplied China with weapons. Also includes a quote by Mao, "History, he says, 'is written in blood and iron.'" Concludes that Mao is a serious threat to innocent people.

Background Information: Mao Tse-tung was the communist leader and founder of the People's Republic of China. The initial aim of the communist party in China was to revive their own brand of ...labor and industry. However, the failure of the agricultural stance which led to famine and death led to a reassertion of a dictatorship in the 1960s. See More

People: Zedong, Mao, 1893-1976

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: PropagandaCommunismMilitary HistoryKorean War

Sub Era: The Fifties

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