PROPAGANDA: Traveling Heirlooms


In Philadelphia this week the U.S. would see a new kind of propaganda machine. It was streamlined, diesel-powered and air-conditioned. It rolled on rails, was painted red, white & blue, and was guarded by 27 marines. It was the seven-car "Freedom Train," a traveling museum carrying the original Bill of Rights, George Washington's copy of the Constitution and 126 other historic U.S. documents (all under bulletproof glass). After three days in Philadelphia, it would be off on a yearlong, 33,000-mile tour through all the 48 states. It would stop in 300 communities,...

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