A Golden Crusade: How Colorado Launched a CIA Propaganda Campaign and Helped Eisenhower Win the White House
Denver provided the launching pad for two historic developments in the 1950s. The city hosted the 1952 campaign headquarters of Dwight D. Eisenhower, paving the way for the first Republican to occupy the White House in two decades. Denver also provided the launching pad for the CIA’s Crusade for Freedom, a twenty-year advertising campaign to “sell” the Cold War by, remarkably enough, promoting the overthrow of foreign governments in Eastern Europe.
Both campaigns seemed unrelated. But newly declassified documents paint a much more complicated picture. Based on a decade of research, Kenneth Osgood takes you on a tour of the interlocking web that linked Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Centennial State. The campaigns reverberated in large and small communities across the country, including in Golden, Colorado.
Kenneth Osgood has published five books on U.S. political and diplomatic history, including the prize-winning Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Campaign at Home and Abroad. A professor of history at Colorado School of Mines, he has also held research and teaching posts at Harvard, Williams College, Ohio State, University College Dublin, U.C. San Diego, and Florida Atlantic University.
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