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Handbill, America First, Last, and All The Time, 1940s
Friends of Progress
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
Date Created and/or Issued
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California State University, Northridge
Contributing Institution
California State University, Northridge
In Our Own Backyard - Resisting Nazi Propaganda (Exhibit)
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In response to the spread of organized anti-Semitism in the United States during the 1930s, leaders of Los Angeles' Jewish community formed a special defense organization known as the Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee. The committee later changed its name to the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee. The collection documents the committee's efforts to combat prejudice and educate the public through cooperation with both Jewish and non-Jewish groups, from its formation in 1933 through the early 1990s.
This handbill was created to advertise the weekly meetings of the Friends of Progress, a group with fascist leanings whose members nonetheless proudly touted their belief in free speech and truth. Speakers at these gatherings, held at the Embassy Auditorium, included "Friends" members Robert Noble and Ellis O. Jones (who would one day find themselves among the defendants in the Great Sedition Trial of 1944, also known as United States v. McWilliams). The handbill states: "Don't believe rumors about our Patriotism -- newspapers have painted grotesque stories -- Which are NOT true!" 9 x 6 in.
23 x 15 cm
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Subversive activities
Anti-communist movements
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Box CRC/2 84-05
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection
In Our Own Backyard: Resisting Nazi Propaganda in Southern California, 1933-1945
California State University Northridge. University Library. Special Collections & Archives. Urban Archives

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