This photograph was used for investigative purposes by 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, a large group of men and women are seen carrying signs and marching down Eighth Ave. in New York City. Some of the signs read: "Stop Firing Teachers," "Coudert Smears the Schools, LaGuardia Slashes Them" and "The Bill of Rights For Teachers Too."
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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