100 Things You Should Know about Communism in the USA

05Sep12

Ran across this fantastic series of five documents: One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism in the U.S.A.; One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism and Religion; One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism and Education; One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism and Labor; and One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism and Government. 

This compilation also includes Spotlight on Spies, which outlines the atomic “Soviet spy system in our country” (p. 113) and written only a few years after the Atomic Energy Act (1946; Public Law 585-79). The documents were produced by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (August 15, 1949, second printing) or HUAC, to educate the American public and

Intended to help you know a Communist when you hear him speak and when you see him work. If you ever find yourself in open debate with a Communist the facts here given can be used to destroy his arguments completely and expose him as he is for all to see. (p.5)

The Committee was chaired by John S. Wood (D-GA); other members were Richard Nixon (R-CA), and Benjamin Mandel (Director of Research).

The docs are interesting for their Q & A format, attack on unions, and pertinent to atomic history, accounts of espionage and atomic secrets (p. 105-109). As an aside, the Committee  proudly reported that from May 1938 to when the report was issued in 1949, it gathered “25,000 pages of public and executive testimony… It has made 50 reports to the House, which include recommendations for new laws” (p. 109). These docs make for a fascinating look back on language, political communication, and the history of internal security in the U.S.

Thank you Internet Archive for making the volume available to researchers!

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