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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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Professional Informant, 1950–1951

Professional Informant, 1950–1951

(p.145) 7 Professional Informant, 1950–1951
The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch

Gregory S. Taylor

University Press of Florida

As the Cold War deepened, Crouch continued to serve as an anti-Communist informant. He testified in federal trials against union leader Harry Bridges and federal employee William Remington, naming both as Communist Party members. Although Bridges survived the accusations, Remington was convicted and died in prison. Crouch also spent much of the early 1950s warning the nation about the dangers implicit in the Korean War and demanding that the nation do more to attain a total war footing. When those demands fell on deaf ears, he returned to the witness stand and testified before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee where he offered additional information and warnings about the Communist threat to the nation. He concluded this era by testifying before the Subversive Activities Control Board which was trying to determine whether or not the Communist Party of the USA was foreign controlled. Crouch asserted that it was, and thanks to his testimony the Party was ordered to register as a foreign agent with the federal government. Crouch thus achieved some success in the early 1950s and became ever more convinced in the righteousness of anti-Communism.

Keywords:   Paul Crouch, Cold War, Harry Bridges, Korean War, William Remington, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, Subversive Activities Control Board, Communist Party of the USA

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