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The Life and Lies of Paul CrouchCommunist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch$
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Gregory S. Taylor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049205

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049205.001.0001

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Limelight, 1952–1953

Limelight, 1952–1953

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(p.171) 8 Limelight, 1952–1953
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The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch
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Gregory S. Taylor

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049205.003.0009

This was the high point of Crouch's career. He testified in major trials in Maryland, Hawaii, and Washington State and helped convict dozens of Communists. He also warned President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the nation at large of the Communist threats emanating from Hawaii and Latin America. He thus opposed making Hawaii a state and demanded the nation do more to appreciate the Communist threat to its immediate south. His most surprising testimony of this period was his accusation of Charlie Chaplin as a Communist. Though Crouch was the only person to make that claim publicly, it had enough weight to force Chaplin from the country. Such success, however, was mitigated by the first public attacks on his veracity. Joseph and Stewart Alsop began to question Crouch's testimony and for the first time raised questions about him in the press. Crouch survived this initial inquest, however, and continued to enjoy the fruits of his anti-Communist activism.

Keywords:   Paul Crouch, Maryland, Hawaii, Washington State, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Latin America, Charlie Chaplin, Joseph and Stewart Alsop

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