1939 January 3

HUAC: Communist “Front Organizations” Include The American Civil Liberties Union


A House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) report released on this day noted that, while it can’t state the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is “Communistic,” it nonetheless included the organization in a section of “Front Organizations,” clearly suggesting that the ACLU served the interests of Communists.

The report was typical of the guilt-by-association tactics that marked the long history of HUAC. If someone had a friend, or once belonged to an organization, or signed a certain petition while a college student, that in any way was connected to the Communist Party, then that person was attacked for being a Communist sympathizer.

Read about the history of HUAC: Walter Goodman, The Committee: The Extraordinary Career of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (1968)

Learn more about HUAC: http://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/huac

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