COMMUNISTS: The Forgotten Enemy

It is a sign of the times that the White House list of "enemies" contained not a single Communist, nor even the U.S. Communist Party. No one would have appreciated that irony more than Earl Russell Browder, 82, general secretary of the party from 1930 to 1945, who died in his sleep last week.

Browder's life was replete with such ironies. The party he came to head was forever caricatured for its heavy foreign accent and its European-immigrant membership. Yet he, the man who brought the party to its zenith, proudly traced his family's history in the New World...

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