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Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes. In 1949 the American Municipal Association, representing more than 10,000 cities, petitioned the federal government to combat the growing influence of organized crime. Newspapers and magazines at the time were reporting that organized crime was extensive, with labor racketeering threatening the American economy. Federal law provided few tools for the government to act. The United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce was established in 1950. The committee, led by U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver, of Tennessee, became known as the Kefauver Committee. It investigated organized crime that crossed state borders in the United States from 1950-1951. Kefauver was the committe's first chairman, from May 1950 until April 1951. Senator Herbert O'Conor of Maryland assumed the chairmanship until the committee ended on September 1, 1951. Photograph dated February 27, 1951 reads "Mayor Bowron being sworn in by Kefauver." Senator Estes Kefauver and Mayor Fletcher Bowron hold up their right hands as Bowron is sworn in at the Senate hearings on organized crime.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00106440 HeraldÂ Examiner Collection HE box 1487 CARL0005334135 http://188.8.131.52/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/32249
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