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Anti-Langston Hughes broadsides, 1950s

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 18

Scope and Contents

Two broadsides which describe poet Langston Hughes as un-American Communist traitor. One, produced by the Hicksville Education League of Parents, cites a 1952 House Committee on Un-American Activities report calling Hughes a "traitor to the United States and the rest of the free world," reproduces his poems "Goodbye Christ," "Workers Song," and "Ballad of Lenin," and questions why his poems are recommended reading when John A. Stormer's right-wing, anti-Communist book None Dare Call It Treason was banned. The other broadside, produced by Gerald L. K. Smith and his Christian nationalist magazine The Cross and the Flag, is titled "'Hate Christ' Is the Slogan of the Communists," and stokes anti-miscegenation and anti-Communist fears. Smith's broadside also reproduces Hughes' poem "Goodbye Christ."


  • Creation: 1950s


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0.167 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from James Arsenault in January 2021.

Processing Information

Processed in December 2023 by Jenelle Clark.

Repository Details

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