United Nations: The Modern Trojan Horse


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United Nations: The Modern Trojan Horse
This single-sheet publication produced by the Network of Patriotic Letter Writers consisted mostly of reproductions from various periodicals of commentaries that were critical of the United Nations in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The unnamed editor of the publication summed up many of these arguments by asserting that the UN "has promoted worldwide Communist expansion . . . alien agents have had diplomatic immunity while conducting espionage . . . [and the US] is being forced into world government in accordance with Communist plans. . . ." These charges, particularly those related to communism and world government, were typical of the ones that US conservatives levied against the UN in the 1960s and are brilliantly suggested by the hammer and sickle-branded Trojan Horse pictured in the cartoon. The Network of Patriotic Letter Writers grew out of a Pasadena, California, cell of the John Birch Society organized by Mrs. Joseph Crosby in the early 1960s. Crosby’s NPLW comprised hundreds of conservative activists, especially in Southern California, who collectively coordinated letter-writing campaigns to government officials and the news media in support of conservative causes such as the impeachment of US Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren and the censorship of movies written by communist Dalton Trumbo. Though officially unaffiliated with JBS, the NPLW often took its cue about what causes deserved attention from JBS founder Robert Welch’s official pronouncements. This connection is evident in the attack on the UN, which was a favorite target of Welch’s "Americanist" ideologues.
Collection Name
Group Research, Inc. Records
Archival Context
Series III: States. Box no. 420, Folder no. North Carolina
United Nations; 1965-03
printed ephemera
printed ephemera
March, 1965
Library Location
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
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