Education: New Label

In a Manhattan public hall one day in 1943, 400 delegates of the Communist Party's Young Communist League met and announced they were dissolving their organization. Actually, they were only changing their name as part of Communist Leader Earl Browder's (and Moscow's) short-lived project of cozying up to capitalistic democracy.

Next day, 332 delegates met in the same hall to create its Communist-front successor: American Youth for Democracy. It was to be, according to Y.C.L. ex-President Max Weiss's prospectus, an "advanced anti-fascist youth organization in which Communists play a leading role."

For a while, A.Y.D. flourished. It had 63 chapters in colleges...

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