|Title||Woman and children picketing outside Armory during Canwell hearings, Seattle, 1949 |
|Caption||In the late 1940s, with the expansion of the Soviet Union, many Americans feared the possible growth of communism in the United States. In 1948, Washington state representative Albert F. Canwell formed and chaired a Joint Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities. This body investigated people and groups suspected of being communists or having communist sympathies. In late January and early February, the Canwell Committee held several days of hearings in Seattle to look into the activities of the Washington Pension Union.|
This late January - early February 1948 photo shows some of the picketers who marched outside the Armory where the Canwell Committee was meeting (now Center House at Seattle Center). The picketers, whom some accused of communist sympathies, protested what they believed were high prices, unfair pension cuts, anti-union labor laws, and a Cold War arms race which took money away from human needs.
|Notes||Signs in image read: Atom bombs and military training will not build houses, lower prices. The Canwell Committee is using state tax [funds] to smash[?] [political opponents].|
Handwritten on sleeve: Communists - Washington - Canwell Committee hearings.
Caption by MOHAI staff.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): May 4, 1949.
|Subjects||Activists--Washington (State)--Seattle; Demonstrations--Washington (State)--Seattle; Governmental investigations--Washington (State)--Seattle; Anti-communism--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle|
Queen Anne (Seattle, Wash.)
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||PI21667 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 safety film negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from print made from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |