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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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Childhood and Youth, 1903–1924

Childhood and Youth, 1903–1924

(p.12) 1 Childhood and Youth, 1903–1924
The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch

Gregory S. Taylor

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines Crouch's life, as well as his intellectual and ideological growth from birth through the age of twenty-one. Raised in Wilkes County, North Carolina, but coming of age in Dover, Delaware, during the First Red Scare, Crouch showed an early intellectual bent towards Communism. This interest also led him to appreciate the lengths to which the government would go to prevent a radical reordering of American society. Despite that awareness, he developed a sympathy for the downtrodden, which became clear in his early writings, jobs, and, most notably, his early journalistic efforts with Pearson's Paper. While not an ideologue or a confirmed Communist, Crouch's early life set him firmly on the path to both.

Keywords:   Paul Crouch, First Red Scare, Communism, Pearson's Paper, North Carolina, Delaware

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