and their attainment transcended permanent party allegiances. Whether as a registered Republican, an occasional supporter of Democratic party candidates, or as a Progressive party stalwart, she did show the capability to evolve and to mature as a political activist as the circumstances and situations warranted. However, though her affiliation with political institutions changed and her commitment to the two-party system was fundamentally altered, Bass never wavered in her basic commitment as a journalist and political activist to help "shape the destiny of a community, a race and a nation." 38
During her 1952 campaign for the vice-presidency, Bass indicated that she was born in Little Compton, Rhode Island, and was sixty-two years old. Federal Bureau of Investigation reports on Bass, maintained from 1944 until her death in 1969, cited the records of the registrar of voters for the city of Los Angeles, which indicated that she was approximately ten to twelve years older than she professed. However, FBI agents were never able to ascertain her place of birth as the Rhode Island Public Health Department had "no birth data" concerning Bass (FBI Reports, 5 April 1944, 100-20874, 21 May 1953, 100- 20874; reports in author's possession). Her obituary in the Los Angeles Sentinel, 17 April 1969, gave only fleeting reference to a Rhode Island place of birth and gave her age at death as ninety-four, suggesting an 1874 or 1875 date of birth. In their profile of Bass, Andrew Buni and Carol Hurd Green write that Bass was born in Sumter, South Carolina, and suggest an October 1880 birth date; although they write that Bass moved to Rhode Island before 1900, they provide no more information about her schooling ( Notable American Women:The Modern Period, s.v. "Bass").