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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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“A Lonely and Despised Man,” 1955 and Beyond

“A Lonely and Despised Man,” 1955 and Beyond

(p.266) 12 “A Lonely and Despised Man,” 1955 and Beyond
The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch

Gregory S. Taylor

University Press of Florida

The attacks on Crouch continued into 1955, and without the income from his testimony he sank into poverty. He died of lung cancer in 1955, with few lamenting his passing. His death also marked the end of the government's use of Communist informants, which historians now generally agree was a mistaken policy. Although Crouch quickly passed from the scene, his life as an ideologue, first for the Communists and later for the anti-Communists, demonstrates the dangers of ideologues and ideological certitude in general. It also demonstrates well the horrors of both Communism and anti-Communism and provides countless lessons about modern American history.

Keywords:   Paul Crouch, Communist informants, ideologues, American History

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