Paul Robeson Sings at Town Hall. Concert to Celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of the Morning Freiheit. Saturday, April 3, 8:30 p.m.
[Philadelphia]: Morning Freiheit, . 23 x 15 cm. Bifolium. White paper printed in blue. Text in English and Yiddish. Hint of wear, else fine. Near Fine.
A rare promotional leaflet advertising this anniversary concert for the New York-based progressive Yiddish daily newspaper Morning Freiheit (or Morgen Freiheit), which was affiliated with the Communist Party of the USA from its inception in 1922 until 1967, when the editor was expelled from the Party. The concert, held at Philadelphia's Town Hall, starred singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson, whose longtime Communist sympathies and opposition to McCarthyism caused him to be blacklisted in 1948. Also featured at the concert were Paul (Pesakh) Novick, the editor of the paper, and Morris U. Schappes, the radical activist, historian and editor of Jewish Currents.
This concert -- another, also starring Robeson, was held a week later, at Carnegie Hall -- was both a celebration of the paper and a demonstration against McCarthyism. The interior text of the leaflet lays out the case against McCarthy's "fascist drive" and notes that "[i]mportant sections of the citizenry in Philadelphia and especially the Jewish people, are awakening to the danger of McCarthyism....The main task before us, is to help unite all progressive, liberal and labor forces in the city to stop McCarthy and his henchmen in their tracks. THE UNITY OF JEWISH, NEGRO, AND LABOR forces will go a long way to achieve this goal."
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