National Affairs: Journey's End

As one of the world's highest-paid musicians, Paul Robeson had traveled far from the house in Princeton, NJ. where he was born the son of a runaway slave. But he wasn't satisfied with his progress in the U.S.; 16 years ago, he went all the way for Moscow, and decided that Negroes had a better chance of advancing under the Commies. For the last three years, in London, Moscow, Paris, Manhattan, he had faithfully slandered the Atlantic pact, the Marshall Plan, the U.S. defense of Korea—shouting, all the while, for Soviet-style "peace."

Last week the State Department, to block his appearance at...

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