NEW JERSEY: The Right to Vote Wrong

The idea was so appealing to New Jersey's state legislature that the bill went through unanimously last spring. It required all state officials and employees, schoolteachers and municipal workers to take a special oath of allegiance to the U.S. In addition, the bill provided that any political candidate who refused to take the oath would have "Refused Oath of Allegiance" printed below his name on the ballot.

A gaunt, wrinkled left-winger named James Imbrie, running for governor on the ticket of Henry Wallace's Progressive Party, decided to fight the law. Imbrie refused to take the oath,...

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