American nightmare: images of brainwashing, thought control, and terror in Soviet Russia
Smith, David A.
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During the earliest and most frigid years of the Cold War, 1947-1953, the overwhelming majority of American's media and public opinion promoted the idea that Soviet society was something close to a complete " dystopia." This article examines Americans' most commonly held perception of day-to-day life in the USSR: that modern methods of thought control and terror had transformed the Russian people into an enslaved mob of subservient, dull and militaristic robots. Evidence from American literature, popular culture, political speeches and public opinion polls suggests this obsessive attitude toward Soviet Russia was in part a reflection of Americans' fears and anxieties about the future of their own society at mid-century.
CitationThe Journal of American Culture, Vol.33, No. 3 (September 2010): 217-229
American history, cold war, Soviet Union