Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Morning Politics—1951: Loyalty Files. . .

Click to read the pro and cons of making public the Loyalty Files gathered on Americans in the late '40s and early '50s. 

C O L L E C T I O N — "Battle of the Week" from summer 1951 edition of Quick magazine, a now-defunct pocketbook-sized pre-tabloid supermarket-type publication. Quick published short articles about the Hollywood stars of the day, TV shows, popular news stories, and sports athletes-the cover has Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Robinson on it. This political "battle" was whether or not to "open up the Loyalty Files" on fellow Americans. This article appeared a few years before the televised "McCarthy Hearings' on anti-American activities in 1954. Everything about these quotes is disturbing!

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