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Max Haubold In American popular culture, the fear of communism was a blanket of constriction. It stifled the output of Hollywood, and changed how people saw the world. Instead of the free and growing America the population saw come out of the Great Depression and World War II, the sudden change to fear took the nation. A prime example of how the fear of communism captivated Americans was the popularity of Mickey Spillane’s novels such as I, the Jury . In Spillane’s novels, the main character battles communism violently, and plays off of America’s fear of communism. “The cure for the plague of Communism cannot be the diffusion of New Deal programs to relieve economic misery….The solution, the creator of Hammer seems to fantasize, is violent prophylaxis.” – p.222 The American people feared the different social structure of Communism, and as such treated it as a plague. In popular culture the fear was prominent, captivating the nation and changing the way people acted. From the trusting, family-like nation that
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