Education: Bella & the Union

Mrs. Bella V. Dodd is a fiery, black-haired lawyer who once taught political science at Manhattan's Hunter College. She helped found the stridently left-wing New York Teachers' Union, in 1944 openly joined the Communist Party. To the Daily Worker, she was "tops, A-1 in'party circles," was even elevated to the national committee of the Communist Party. Then, in 1949, her career suddenly fell apart. The party expelled her for "fascist and anti-working-class activity." One of her former colleagues spat in her face.

Last week Bella Dodd announced that after months of instruction from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, she had been baptized conditionally...

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