“Thought that costs a man his job is not free thought.”

"Thought that costs a man his job is not free thought." - Thomas G. Buchanan Jr. - Stand Up and Be Counted - 1948 - thomasgbuchanan.com - Image copyright © 2014 Marian Buchanan

In 1948, Thomas G. Buchanan was the first American journalist to be fired explicitly for his communist views and affiliations. When some of his fellow journalists bought him a one-page space in a newspaper so that he could present his thoughts on the situation, he wrote “Stand Up and Be Counted.”

“I think the case has very far-reaching significance, extending beyond me, beyond The Star, beyond the Communist Party, to encompass the entire progressive movement in this country.”

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