[New York: The Hecla Press, 1944]. v, [1 blank], 101, [1 blank] pp. Original staples and printed wrappers with wrapper title, as issued. Rear blank wrapper with a couple of shallow chips. Some underlining. Very Good.
The Communist Party, having renamed itself the 'Communist Political Association' to emphasize its purely "political educational purposes," seeks to intervene in deportation proceedings against Harry Bridges. Bridges was the head of the International Longshoremen's Union, officially the Marine Workers' Industrial Union. A Communist born in Australia, he was considered a threat to American national security during wartime. For several years the government sought to deport him. Although juries found against him, the Supreme Court ultimately would rule in his favor.
To assist Bridges, the Communist Political Association stresses its devotion to a united front for the purpose of "winning the war and securing a durable peace," thus renouncing "partisan advancement and the party form of organization." Its traditions are simply "the traditions of the labor movement," and a recognition of "the complete compatibility of the principles of Marxism with the most urgent needs of the nation as a whole." The Association opposes "forcible establishment of socialism against the will of the people." It lists 158 numbered paragraphs in support of its benign, sanitized intentions and its entitlement to intervene.
Brodsky, the Association's lawyer, had defended the Scottsboro Boys and other unpopular defendants and organizations. Item #33830