National Affairs: On Congress' Investigations

United Auto Workers Organizer John Watkins, for eleven years (1942-53) an official of the Farm Equipment Workers Union, knew just what he would and would not tell the House Un-American Activities Committee when he appeared before it on April 29, 1954. A witness of straightforward manner, he testified that he had never been a card-carrying Communist. But he admitted that from 1942 to 1947 he had cooperated with Communists "to such a degree that some persons may honestly believe that I was a member of the party." He agreed to answer all questions...

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