Communist Party, U.S.A.

Archive Report

U.S. Communists and Communism, 1960

Possible Entry of Red in Presidential Race

American communists may add an almost forgotten touch to the 1960 political campaign by running a candidate of their own for President, The so-called Progressives of 1948 and 1952 were given a strong Red tinge by the support of Communists, but the American branch of international communism has not entered the presidential lists independently since Earl Browder contended for votes with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie in 1940.

Passing of the McCarthy era, coupled with the country's tolerant reception of Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev last year, may have convinced Communist party leaders that American attitudes toward their kind have changed enough to make it worth their while to resume direct political activity. Gus ...

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