COMMUNISTS: The Atom Maniac

During her 21 years as a Communist, pale, spectacled Barbara Hartle served the party with unflinching and selfless fervor. She was second in command of its activities in the Pacific Northwest for almost a decade, and she was one of twelve women Communists to be convicted, under the Smith Act, of conspiring to advocate overthrow of the Government by force and violence. But despite this outward dedication, she was beset by doubts about the party during many years of her service to Marxism. She was actually steeling herself to escape it, when the FBI put her under arrest in 1952.

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