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Vol. 1—No. 2 fwSd “•»* Chicago, Sept. 18, 1948 ( 5 y
Henry Wallace to Tom Clark:
Henry Wallace this week called upon Attorney General
Tom Clark to step in and block Republican and Democratic
attempts to keep the Progressives off the ballot in Illinois.
Clark, a Truman appointee, has jurisdiction because
federal offices — President, Vice-President, and Congress
— will be filled by the Nov. 2 election results, the former
Vice-President pointed out in
his speech to some 25,000 en
thusiastic supporters at Wrig
ley Field.
He said that Clark must
. “guarantee observance of the
14th Amendment to the Consti
i tution.”
(Wallace apparently was re
ferring to that part of the 14th
Amendment which reads:
(“No state shall make or en
force any law which shall
abridge the privileges or im
munities of citizens of the TJ.S.;
nor shall any state deprive any
person of life, liberty, or proper
ty without due process of law;
nor deny to any person within
its jurisdiction the equal protec
tion of the laws.”)
Wallace’s fighting words drew
roars of approval from the vast
crowd, which earlier had heard
Paul Robeson, William Gailmor,
and a number of Illinois candi
dates speak.
Wallace spoke from a high
raised podium, flanked by the
words “Wallace” and “Taylor”
in huge white letters. The speak
i ers’ stand was in the infield of
the ball park.
On the green grass between
the speakers stand and the
packed grandstand, colorfully
garbed youths from the Metros
Club, a Russian-American cul
tural group, had presented folk
dances before the meeting be
Three hundred and fifty uni
formed police and plain clothes
men were on guard against vio
lence—so the Chicago Police
Department claimed. If they
were, they were not very alert.
The only egg that was thrown
hit a cop.
When Wallace, riding in an
open black Cadillac convertible,
entered the field, a great roar
of applause and tribute thun
dered out from the sprawling
stands, and 25,000 voices merged
in a single chant: “We want
Continued on page 5
Un-dominate 'em!
Congress—and especially
the House Un-American
Committee—is “Commun
That’s what William
Gailmor, radio commenta
tor, told the Progressives
at Wrigley Field this week.
Here’s how Gailmor sees
it: The House un-Ameri
cans dominate Congress,
and the un-Americans, in
turn, are dominated by
thoughts of what the Com
munists may be up to.
Gailmor’s solution to this
problem of “Communist
domination” is simple. Let
the present congressmen
find other jobs—“NOT in
Congress” — and elect to
Congress Progressives
who’ll worry about peace,
the high cost of living, a
fair break for trade unions,
and Negro rights.
Nation shocked at
firing of DuBois
The summary dismissal of Dr. W. E. B. DuBois, one of
the most honored leaders in the world today, from his post
as research director of the National Association for the Ad
vancement of Colored People shocked liberals everywhere
this week.
Dr. DuBois, w o r 1 d-re
nowned as historian, educa
tor, sociologist and fighter
for Negro rights, was one of the
founders of the NAACP.
Only last May Professor Hen
ry Steele Commager of Colum
bia University, himself an emi
nent historian, had listed DuBois
among the four living human
beings who most influence the
thinking of the world.
DuBois, said Commager, “best
represents the aspirations of the
Negro people.”
Sharply criticizing the
NAACP’s action, Henry Wallace
attacked those “men grown
weak” who “compromise and
bow to reaction.”
DuBois, now 82, was fired be
cause of the active leadership
which he has given the Progres
sive Party, Wallace charged.
Walter White, head of the
NAACP, is a Truman supporter
now, although he was one of the
leaders in the “dump-Truman”
movement before the Democratic
national convention. He has been
trying to bring the nation-wide
NAACP movement into the cam
paign to re-elect the President,
although NAACP is supposed to
be nonpartisan.
It was White who, during the
“dump-Truman” period, praised
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower as one
of the best friends of the Negro
He was forced to repudiate
his own statement less than a
week later, when Eisenhower
publicly went on record in favor
of Jim Crow in the armed
Paul Robeson, his voice sol
emn and bitter, also lashed out
at the NAACP in his speech at
Wrigley Field.
Continued on page 7
Behind the conspiracy to keep
the Progressives off ballot
Political Editor
A Democratic politician once accused of vote frauds . . .
a Republican big shot who has been mixed up with gang
sters . . . and the Democratic secretary of state.
These are the central figures in the conspiracy to keep
the Progressive Party off the ballot in Illinois, with the
blessing of Jack Arvey and
the Democratic machine
The full, fantastic story re
volves around these three men:
Samuel S. Epstein, Democratic
state committeeman from Chi
cago’s 6th district.
Sinon A. Murray, Republican
candidate for state auditor.
Edward J. Barrett, Democratic
secretary of state who’s running
for re-election.
Murray is the Republican boss
in the 6th district, while Epstein
holds the reins of power in the
same district’s Democratic ma
chine. They’re old friends.
Under terms of the deal, it is
understood, Murray will get the
support of Epstein and Barrett
in return for his efforts to keep
the Progressives off the ballot.
The Democrats count on the
elimination of Henry Wallace to
help them.
It was Murray who was re
Continued on page 7
partisan deal to keep the
Progressive Party off the Illi
nois ballot? . . . see Bill Carr's
revealing expose on pages 1
& 7. For details of how Ger
mano's thugs beat an en
dorsement for Truman out of
the Steel conference . . . see
page 8. Will Chicago get an
un-American committee of its
own? . . . see page 2. Dr.
Joseph Mayer tells of all-out
fight for freedom in Palestine
. . . see page 2. Democrats
practice violence against Pro
gressives despite their lead
er's warning . . . see page 2.
For highlights of the Wrigley
Field speeches . . see page 3.
in the NEWS
FOR DETAILS of the UE con
vention last week in New
York . . . see page 6. Harry
Bridges wires Truman and
calls the shipowners' bluff in
the West Coast dock strike . . .
see page 8. Canada has a
"Taft-Hartley" law now too
. . . see page 5. Teamsters hit
with fhree-million-dollar suit
in New York . . . see page 5.
THE GREAT Negro singer tells
crowds at three workers'
meetings that he'll follow
Wallace's footsteps through
Dixie . . . see page 3.
☆ ☆ ☆
FOR DETAILS of the dismissal
of the great progressive
leader . . . see pages 1 & 7,
☆ ☆ ☆
ISABEL CARR writes of the
labor front in "Looking at
Labor" . . . see page 5. METZ
T. P. LOCHARD tells of the
blow at Jim Crow in an edi
torial . . , see page 4. AL
VAUGHN covers the sports
beat in the "Fan's Corner"
. . . see page 8. BILL CARR
writes of "Politics and People"
. . . see page 4. "Our Town"
. . . see page 4. Books and
Movies reviewed . . . see
page 6.
☆ ☆ ☆
Henry Wallace's
own column in
the Standard
... see page 4

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