Letter from Mississippi Congressman John E. Rankin to L. E. Faulkner about Rankin's influence on making the House Un-American Activities Committee a standing committee.

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Letter from Mississippi Congressman John E. Rankin to L. E. Faulkner about Rankin's influence on making the House Un-American Activities Committee a standing committee.

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In this letter, Mississippi congressman John E. Rankin writes to Mississippi Central Railroad president L. E. Faulkner about how Rankin's amendment made the House on Un-American Activities Committee a permanent group. He also states that this committee will be the key to fighting communism in the United States.

Creator

John E. Rankin (1882-1960)

Source

L.E. Faulkner Papers, M22, Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

Date

1950-08-30

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Letter from John the Rankin to L. e. Faulkner on letterhead from the house of representatives, committee on veterans affairs<br />
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81st Congress<br />
<br />
John E. Rankin, chairman<br />
<br />
House of representatives, U. S.<br />
Committee on veterans affairs<br />
Washington, D. See.<br />
August 30, 1950<br />
<br />
Mr. L. E. Faulkner, president,<br />
Mississippi central railroad company,<br />
Hattiesburg,<br />
MIssissippi.<br />
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Dear Mr. Faulkner: -<br />
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The copy of your letter to honorable John S Wood, chairman of the committee on un-American activities, has just been received.<br />
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Let me say to you that if this country is saved from distraction at the hands of the enemies within our gates, the communist tools of foreign agents, the committee on un-American activities will be due more credit than any other agency others his government.<br />
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It was my amendment to the rules in 1945 that saves the committee, or I might say created it as a standing committee of the house. I also gave it the power to report legislation, which power a special committee did not have.<br />
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On yesterday, we passed a bill that would probably do more to stop the growth and activities of communism in this country than anything else that has ever been done
Second page of a letter from John Rankin to L. E. Faulkner.<br />
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For your information, I am enclosing a copy of the Congressional record of yesterday. You will find my speech on page 13866. I hope you will read it carefully. Then, you will understand better what is behind this vicious movement. I am also enclosing a copy of pamphlet we got out, entitled 100 things you should know about communism in the U. S. A. Trusting that this information will be entirely satisfactory, with best wishes, I remain<br />
<br />
Sincerely yours,<br />
<br />
Signature of John E. Rankin<br />
<br />
J. E. Rankin

Citation

John E. Rankin (1882-1960), “Letter from Mississippi Congressman John E. Rankin to L. E. Faulkner about Rankin's influence on making the House Un-American Activities Committee a standing committee.,” Online Exhibits at Southern Miss, accessed July 12, 2024, https://usmspecialcollections.omeka.net/items/show/174.

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