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Selling Americans on America

Selling Americans on America

Journey into a Troubled Nation

by Gerry Souter and Janet Souter
Paperback
Publication Date: 15/07/2019
  $36.06
In 2018, 10 years after the damaging recession of 2008, America struggled to hang onto its democratic values, shaken by a profound mistrust in government, with freedom of speech under attack and thousands of refugees seeking asylum in America. Compounding those problems were economic inequality, a loss of common civility, and a failure to provide for the needs of returning warriors. By 2019, the fabric of American society was barely holding together.

Selling Americans on America tells of another turbulent era--Post World War II-- when a phenomenon called the "Freedom Train" reignited citizens' faith in a country that was riddled with dissent, anxiety and mistrust in its leaders.

In 1945-46 more than five million workers enlisted in labor strikes across the country. The constant fear of communist infiltration dominated the headlines. Returning GIs demanded jobs and housing. Government entities continued war-time meat and dairy rationing. Displaced Persons fleeing war-torn Europe poured into the country. Overseeing the chaos was a president nobody elected, coupled with a bitter, divisive Congress.

To renew citizens' unity and pride in their nation, a privately funded consortium of advertising, civic, and entertainment professionals created a product to literally "Sell Americans on America." To help carry their message of hope, they assembled 130 priceless documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation. Combined with a media blitz of songs, operettas, radio shows, and local festivities, the train reminded Americans that "Freedom is Everybody's Job."
ISBN:
9781733969147
9781733969147
Category:
General & world history
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
15-07-2019
Publisher:
Sartoris Literary Group
Pages:
292
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x15mm
Weight:
0.4kg
Gerry Souter

Gerry Souter is a writer, director and photojournalist who worked for the Chicago Tribune and Motorola, before turning his attention to writing full time.

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