Participants of New York City May Day Parade

May Day parade in New York City. Pictured are protesters of the Rapp-Coudert Committee, which aimed to remove Communist "subversion" in the public schools and municipal colleges of NYC. As a result of this committee, several teachers and other school faculty members were terminated for their association (or perceived association) with the Communist Party.

In this photo are a number of female protesters, with one holding a sign that reads: "A Free America Needs Free Teachers; Don't Coudertize, Don't Hitlerize the Schools"
Date Original
circa 1940
New York State Archives. New York (State). Legislature. Joint Legislative Committee on the State Education System. Investigation files of the Rapp-Coudert Committee, ca. 1920-1949. Series L0260-09, Box 5, Folder RC 222.
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New York City