Cultural Exchanges with Soviet Russia

Archive Report

Growth of American-Sovient Contacts

National exhibitions in the summer of 1959—the one designed to show Americans how Russians live and the other to show Russians how Americans live—are intended to carry the benefits of the U.S.-Soviet cultural exchange program to masses of people not directly affected by tours of musicians, dancers, students, or technical experts. The Soviet exhibition which opened at New York City's Coliseum on June 30, like the American exhibition opening in Moscow on July 25, is expected to attract visitors by the millions.

Efforts to acquaint the American people and the Russian people with each other's way of life seem paradoxical at a time when there is no sign that grave political differences between their countries can be reconciled. Nevertheless, the willingness of ...

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