U.S. At War: Bridges Uncrossed

The first move to deport Harry Bridges started in 1934. That was about the same time that the long-faced, long-nosed, Australian-born longshoreman emerged as the militant leader of the West Coast maritime strike. The charge: he was a Communist.

Through two long hearings and bales of newspaper editorials, the campaign never let up. Once it reached such heights that hot-headed Congressmen wanted to impeach Labor Secretary Frances Perkins for ordering a stay in the proceedings. In 1942, with the country at war and Red-loving Harry Bridges furiously loading ships for Russia and the...

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