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While Calhoun Historical Society members were recording donated items, a doorknob reminder was found from the Presidential Election of 1952. It reminded Americans to vote to keep the freedom. The reminders were taken to each home by members of Boy Scouts Troop 83 of Grantsville. Doyle Elliott was the scoutmaster.

This was an era when relationships between the U.S. and Russia was at a crucial point. Incumbent president Harry S Truman decided not to run, so the Democratic party nominated Gov. Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. The Republican candidate was war hero Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who won by a large majority.

The front of the card carried important guidelines for voting in 1952, and they still hold true 56 years later:

VOTE AS YOU THINK,

THINK WHEN YOU VOTE.

TODAY’S YOUTH COUNTS ON YOU.

USE YOUR FREEDOM TO VOTE!

The back of the card carried a credo of American Life that we still hold in our hearts today:

CREDO OF . . .

THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE

        POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS

        WHICH PROTECT THE DIGNITY AND

        FREEDOM OF THE INDIVIDUAL

          1. Right to Worship God in one’s own way

          2. Right to free speech and press

          3. Right to assemble

          4. Right to petition for grievances

          5. Right to privacy in our homes

         6. Right of Habeas Corpus--No excessive bail

          7. Right to trial by jury--innocent till proven guilty

          8. Right to move about freely at home and abroad

          9. Right to own private property

        10. Right to work in callings and localities of our choice

        11. Right to bargain with our employers

        12. Right to go into business, compete and make a profit

        13. Right to bargain for goods and services in a free market

        14. Right to contract about our affairs

        15. Right to the service of government as a protector and

        16. Right to freedom from arbitrary government regulation and control

CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT

designed to

SERVE THE PEOPLE

Fundamental Belief in God

To maintain the American Way of Life

and pass it intact to Succeeding Generations

is the Responsibility of every True American

KEEP YOUR FREEDOM – VOTE!

One million Boy Scouts went house-to-house. One million posters and 36 million Liberty Bell door knob hangers were distributed in the “Get Out The Vote” campaign.

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