National Affairs: Anniversary

Twenty years ago last week Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer smashed into the U. S. radical movement. On Jan. 2, 1920, Department of Justice agents converged on radical hangouts and hideouts, rounded up 3,000 suspects the first day, blackened the administration of Woodrow Wilson as charges of injustice, of violations of civil liberties, of sluggings, third-degrees, left a heritage of suspicion of U. S. laws and U. S. courts. The radical movement recovered, but not the political fortunes of wavy-haired, square-jawed A. Mitchell Palmer.

Last week the Dies Committee chose the anniversary of the...

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