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[Title of recto translating to “Vietnam in Battle” / title of verso translating to “The Power of People’s War is Incomparable; The Tet Offensive Victory is Earth-Shaking.”]. Beijing: Ditu chubanshe (Cartographic Publishing House), distributed by Xinhua shudian, February 1968.

Vivid Chinese Communist propaganda poster celebrating the Tet offensive

A Communist Chinese propaganda poster featuring two persuasive maps of Vietnam and touting the supposed success of the Tet Offensive. Published in February 1968 during or just after the Offensive. Launched on January 30, 1968 by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) acting in coordination, the Tet Offensive was a massive surprise […]

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Robert G. Ridgway, THE RECORD: THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT HAVE GONE COMMUNIST IN THE PAST 24 YEARS. Minneapolis: Citizens for Goldwater-Miller, [Summer-Fall] 1964.

1964 Barry Goldwater campaign handbill attacking the Democrats as soft on Communism

An unrecorded 1964 handbill issued by the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign, using a persuasive map to reinforce its argument that Democrats are soft on Communism. The election of 1964 pitted incumbent Democrat Lyndon Johnson against Republican Barry Goldwater, who ran on a deeply conservative small-government, low-tax, anti-Communism platform. Johnson, by contrast, leaned heavily on the […]

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[David] Horsey, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO RONALD REAGAN. Seattle: Seattle Post Intelligencer, 1982.

1982 David Horsey map of The World According to Ronald Reagan

An entertaining 1982 persuasive map by David Horsey offering a liberal caricature of Ronald Reagan’s Cold Warrior world view. The map uses a pictorial style to depict the United States and Soviet Union wildly out of scale with the rest of the world. Reagan in full gunfighter regalia stands astride a hypertrophied California, while Leonid […]

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Anti-Khruschev propaganda leaflet

An amazing propaganda leaflet from Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev’s visit to the United States in 1960. It was during this trip that  he famously banged a shoe on his desk in the United Nations General Assembly. The recto of this wonderful little leaflet features virulent anti-Khruschev, anti-Communist language, apparently sincere but of dubious literary merit. […]

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Persuasive map of a divided Berlin, likely produced soon after the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall.

Striking “persuasive map” of a free Berlin surrounded by the Berlin Wall

A powerful “persuasive map” of a divided Berlin, likely produced soon after the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall. Following the end of the Second World War the lines between Soviet-occupied eastern Germany and the western occupied zones could be easily crossed in most places. As the Communist regime tightened control, emigration from East to […]

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[Mao on race riots in US] Mao Zedong, [Chinese title translates to:] Statement by comrade Mao Zedong, chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, in support of the Afro-American struggle against violent repression. April 16, 1968.] Peking, 1968.

Mao Zedong puts his own spin on race riots in America

An unusual Chinese-language propaganda broadside and map issued in April 1968, in which Mao Zedong spins the race riots that erupted after the assassination of Martin Luther King as “a component part of the contemporary world revolution.”  This broadside features a statement by Mao Zedong printed in red Chinese characters at the top, arguing “that […]

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THE ABOVE IS A MAP OF THE PROPOSED NEGRO COMMUNIST STATE TO BE CARVED OUT OF THE SOUTH. Los Angeles: Christian Nationalist Crusade, [1950s?]

“The Proposed Negro Communist State”

A rare white nationalist persuasive map warning of a “proposed negro communist state,” to be carved out of the mid-Atlantic and southern United States. The Christian Nationalist Crusade was founded in 1942 in St. Louis, with the mission of preserving “America as a Christian nation being conscious of a highly organized campaign to substitute Jewish […]

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Anti-Communism: Alexander Cloyd Gill's map of America's Other 60 Families

Mapping the epicenter of American Communism… at Union Square!

A fascinating persuasive map by a noted right-winger, designed to expose the hidden influence of Communism in American politics and culture and its epicenter at New York City’s Union Square. The title of the poster is a reference to Ferdinand Lundberg’s 1937 book America’s Sixty Families, which portrayed the United States as an oligarchy ruled […]

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Main Administration of Geodesy and Cartography, ПОЛИТИЧЕСКАЯ КАРТА МИРА / РАССТАНОВКА СИЛ НА МЕЖДУНАРОДНОЙ АРЕНЕ [“Political Map of the World [:] The Alignment of Forces in the Global Arena.”] Leningrad: Political Division of Naval Bases and Naval Academies, Jan. 1, 1970.

Warsaw Pact propaganda map emphasizing the imperialist threat

A fantastic propaganda map, issued at the height of the Cold War and using geopolitical statistics and other simple persuasive techniques to overstate the threat posed to the Warsaw Pact countries by “imperialist” forces. The map was produced by overprinting geopolitical statistics on a standard-issue Russian-language world map. A table at top center lists 14 […]

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