The master conspiracy of the john birch society: From communism to the new world order

@article{Stewart2002TheMC,
  title={The master conspiracy of the john birch society: From communism to the new world order},
  author={C. J. Stewart},
  journal={Western Journal of Communication},
  year={2002},
  volume={66},
  pages={423 - 447}
}
  • C. J. Stewart
  • Published 22 September 2002
  • History, Political Science
  • Western Journal of Communication
During the height of the cold war and nuclear brinksmanship in the 1950s and 1960s, a number of self-styled crusaders and organizations took up the challenge begun by congressional committees and Joseph McCarthy to expose and defeat the communist menace threatening the United States and the free world. For example, the Reverend Carl McIntire preached his anti-communist message throughout the United States, published innumerable tracts such as "Communism Is of the Devil," and through the 20th… 
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