Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

The publication of The Black Flag, and the accompanying bad press, led district and college administrators to come up with strategies to appease ultraconservative elements in the community. One of the main strategies was to present anti-communist programs. In February 1961, FJC offered a new series of six forum lectures based on the theme, “Understanding the goals and techniques of world communism.” All the lectures, held every Wednesday evening, were free to the public. At a March 9, 1961 FJC assembly, also open to the public, students watched Nightmare in Red, a film that depicted the growth of communism. From March 6-9, 1961, students enrolled in the four high schools of the Fullerton Union High School District were excused from class at the request of their parents to attend the Orange County School of Anti-Communism, sponsored by the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade. Students and their parents attending the sessions at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim heard speeches on “How to Debate with Communists and Fellow Travelers,” “Web of Subversion,” and “Cybernetic Warfare.” On September 20, 1963, Robert Welch, controversial leader and founder of the ultraconservative John Birch Society, delivered his first Orange County address on the FJC campus. A former candy manufacturer, Welch had skyrocketed to fame in 1959 when he charged that President Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles were communists.
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