The Labor Spy Racket

The Labor Spy Racket

The Labor Spy Racket

The Labor Spy Racket


Most of the material in this book is based on the evidence introduced in the hearings before the Subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor of the United States Senate, popularly known as the La Follette Civil Liberties Committee. The hearings were reported in the press, but for obvious reasons the press accounts could not be full enough. The complete text has been printed by the Government Printing Office -- 2,500,000 words of stenographic records to date, published in eight volumes with perhaps twice that number still to come. An obvious need, lest this vitally important material be buried on committee shelves, was a short book that would fall between the too-short newspaper account and the too-long stenographic record.

I have tried to write such a book. My task, as I saw it, was to become thoroughly familiar with the complete text and select therefrom, and then organize, those highlights that tell the story. It is a shocking story. It is a story which should shame our industrialists and arouse our workers. It is a story which should cause all fair-minded Americans to rise up in their wrath and demand that immediate steps be taken to prevent what has happened here from ever happening again.

Only that part of the committee's work which pertains to Labor Spies is dealt with in these pages. The related topics of strikebreaking and industry's traffic in tear gas and munitions receive little attention, primarily because they have been so fully treated in I Break Strikes byEdward Levinson, and because it was important to keep the book as short and simple as possible.

I am deeply indebted to the following for their advice and help: Max Lerner. David J. Saposs, Edwin S. Smith, and my wife.


New York, June 1937 . . .

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