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Old March 1st, 2009, 06:22 PM   #1
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How much did the American public know about the Stalin regime during the fact?


Say I am in America during the late 1930s and early 1940s. How much information is available to me about the actions of Stalin in the USSR?
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Old March 1st, 2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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Re: How much did the American public know about the Stalin regime during the fact?


I would say not a lot. Even at this point in time, we are still making educated guesses about some aspects of Stalin's rule.
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But did they know some of the horrors? I'm writing a research paper on the Abstract Expressionist movement and all my sources claim that they grew disillusioned with their socialist ideals due to the Moscow Show Trials and the Great Purge. But how much about that did they actually know?
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Re: How much did the American public know about the Stalin regime during the fact?


Well, I don't know about the Abstract Expressionists in the US, but here in Britain the trials were reported in the newspapers. For instance, the first report on the show trials (Zinoviev and Kamenev etc.) appeared in the Daily Herald (a leftist paper if not the official paper of the Labour Party) right after the death penalty had been pronounced.
If the charges and the evidence are faked and the confessions extorted, then the Soviet Government has committed an act of terrorism worthy of ranking with the supreme achievement of fascism. But, if the evidence is genuine then all who once held high hopes of the Russian Revolution will be not less sick at heart.
Interestingly, the editor manged to combine his moral condemnation with some analysis:
Let it be soberly noted that this is the price and the cost of dictatorship whether communist of fascist. ...
So, I should think that the bast place to start would be in the Newspapers of the area in which you are most interested. I might also suggest that some of your subjects would've corresponded with each other, so there might be letters or even diary entries concerning the issue.

Good luck.
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