Feb 1964, Colleges
Ray Cromley Reds Put On Hard Sell In College WASHINGTON (NEA.l - After 100 speaking engagements on U.S. college campuses in a little over two years, American Communist leaders have decided to push their college lecture program as a major tactic in their drive to whip up public opinion against the McCarran Act, which requires Reds to register. Their long - range objective is to convince youthful leaders that American communism is somehow different from communism everywhere else —that it's not a subversive conspiracy but a "legitimate political party." Communist leaders have now evaluated their two-year try-out on the college campuses and are satisfied they're on the ^^^k right track. The consensus f I among U.S. Red leaders is » _ -g^V that they've made progress at I7 ^ r )| *he colleges. They estimate they Ai jv U tiayg jjeen reaching 75.000 or V yjL. ^^'^^^ students and townspeople CROMLEY IN THESE CAMPUS SPEECHES they are attempting to "prove" that 1) communism, if it gains power in the United States, will tolerate opposition political parties; 2i communism in the United States will be achieved through peaceful meatis; 3) the Communist Party, U.S.A.. has no organized ties with other Communist parties; and 4) there can be no comparison between the restrictions now in effect in Communist countries and those communism would mean in the United States. Although these claims are demonstrably false, reports indicate that in some places students have not been taught the facts they need to flatten the Red statements. Communist leaders are devoting a great deal of tijought and careful planning to their college* appearances. They're skillfully constructing their speeches. A RUM )OWN ON THE PRINCU»AL LEC- TURERS they've used shows they're not sendr ing second - stringers: Herbert Eugene Aptheker, 48, was granted a Ph .D. from Columbia Uniersily in 1943, spent four years in the Army, came out a captain, received a Guggenheim Fellowship In history for 1946-47. Until last year he was editor of Political Affairs, theoretical organ of the Communist Party, U.S .A. He has specialized in teaching Communist - sponsored classes in American History and Theory of Marxism -Leninism. His parents were born in Russia. Hyman Lumer, 54, was granted a Ph.D. from Adelbert College, Cleveland, in 1935. He has been a member of the Communist Party. U.S.A.. national executive committee and has served as its national education director in recent years. He was released on Jan. 18, 1963, from a federal penitentiary after serving an 18-month sentence for conspiracy under the Labor-Management Relations Act of 1947. He succeeded Aptheker as editor of Politial Affairs. His father was born in Russia. Mortimer Daniel Rubin, 32. was granted an L.L.B. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958. He has been editor of Communist Viewpoint. Then there's Benjamin Davis. Harvard '28; Gus Hall, general secretary of the Communist. Party, U.S.S.: Carl Winter, member of the party's national committee, son 06 Russian - bom parents. SOME OF THE CAMPUSES at which the Communists clahn speaking engagements: Harvard Law School. University of Chicago. Brown University, Columbia, University of Oregon,^ Western Reserve, Wisconsin, Swarthmore, New York University, Stanford, Pennsylvania, Minnesota. Reed College, Colby College, Washington University, Brandeis, City College of New York, Hamilton College, Hunter College, Temple University, Upsala, Bowdoin, Cornell; Ohio Wesleyan, Yale, San Jose Stale, Michigan State, University of Virginia, Colorado State. Michigan, Lewis and Clark and the Universities of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.