This is a collection of records from the Los Angeles Committee for Protection of Foreign Born (LACPFB), an organization devoted
to preserving the democratic ideals of equality by defending the rights and liberties of the foreign born. The Committee was
most active between 1950-1963 during the height of McCarthyism. The Committee's activities centered on repealing the Walter-McCarran
Law (1952) and defending its victims. The collection consists of open records commonly distributed for public awareness and
participation as well as detailed individual case files, including court proceedings and transcripts of high-profile cases
handled by the Committee, such as the Terminal Island Four case. The collection reflects the Committee's legal and public
activism between 1950-1973.
The American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born is an unaffiliated, non-partisan organization that began in 1933 with
the aim of defending the rights and liberties of the foreign born. It promoted better relations and understanding between
native and foreign born by means of education and sought cooperation with other organizations. The American Committee encouraged
naturalization of non-citizens, and it vigorously fought against discrimination against foreign born citizens because of their
nationality, political, economic or religious belief. The American Committee played a pivotal role in preserving the fundamental
concepts of equality regardless of race, color, nationality, and creed. In response to the growing anti-immigrant sentiments
during the 1950s, regional committees were established in areas with high immigrant population, such as, Detroit, Philadelphia,
Chicago, and Los Angeles.
17 legal document boxes;
5 2/3 linear feet
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