Inside the Vault

Join us for Inside the Vault: Anti-Communist Trading Cards: Fight the Red Menace: Children's Crusade against Communism, December 2, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) as Professor Victoria Phillips discusses selected trading cards from the Fight the Red Menace: Children’s Crusade against Communism series. In 1951, the Bowman Bubblegum Company issued forty-eight trading cards as part of a propaganda initiative to teach American children about the threatened spread of communism. Each card features a dramatic, colorful depiction of American military heroes and victories or Communist villains and their atrocities. The text on the reverse uses strong language to focus on the threat posed by Communism, building on fears of infiltration at home and military attacks from abroad.

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This event is for teachers, students and their families—and everyone with an interest in history!

Everyone who registers will be sent a Zoom meeting link and instructions in the confirmation email.

PD certificates will be sent to all who attend the entirety of the program.


Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is an online program that highlights unique primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. From iconic historical treasures, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation, to personal letters that reveal the contributions of ordinary American citizens, each session will investigate primary sources and discuss their background, impact, and potential use in the classroom.

This event is for teachers, students, families, and everyone with an interest in American history.

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