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Biography of an Idea: The Founding Principles of Public Relations by Edward L. Bernays

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chapter 62

PERSONALITIES OF THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES

In the 1940s and ’50s, the prewar, war and postwar periods in the United States, America was beset with problems. The short pieces that follow deal with a few of my relationships with personalities associated with some of them.

SENATOR BILBO

In 1946 the Ku Klux Klan was again abroad in the United States. Occasionally Ku Kluxers appeared before the country on radio and television, frothing at the mouth, as Doris said. I believed in free speech, but I objected to such appearances. I believed that such broadcasts were needlessly giving a hearing to those who wanted to destroy our democratic system.

This question was not resolved in 1946, nor is it resolved today, nor even discussed, although its ...

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