COMMUNISTS: Outlaw or Curb?

Blinking and snarling in the glare of publicity, the American Communist Party put in a miserable week. The House Un-American Activities Committee was holding hearings on a bill to outlaw the Communists lock, stock & barrel.

Witnesses testified that the C.P.U.S.A. was not a party but a conspiracy, an agency of Russia designed to weaken the U.S. Said FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover: "The Communist [he pronounced it Commonist] Party is a fifth column if there ever was one. It is far better organized than anything the Nazis had." But he felt that outlawing...

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