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Hedda Hopper's HollywoodCelebrity Gossip and American Conservatism$
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Jennifer Frost

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814728239

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814728239.001.0001

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Cold War Americanism, Hopper Style

Cold War Americanism, Hopper Style

(p.91) 4 Cold War Americanism, Hopper Style
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood

Jennifer Frost

NYU Press

This chapter discusses Hedda Hopper's Cold War Americanism. “Americanism” was the term she used to convey her political perspective and positions. Her Cold War Americanism shaped the content and contours of her political advocacy and activism and deeply resonated with her audience at the height of her career in the late 1940s and into the 1950s. Hopper fervently believed that she stood and spoke for “real” Americans, thus anyone who disagreed with her was, by definition, un-American. Along with her anti-Communist allies, she considered the most disloyal and dangerous un-Americans to be members of the Communist Party USA and Communist sympathizers or “fellow travelers”.

Keywords:   Hedda Hopper, gossip columnists, nationalism, Americans, Americanism, Cold War, political activism, Communists, Communist Party

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