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Bridges, Harry (1901- )

Records (microfilm), 1938-1945.  2 reels.  Harry Bridges was born Alfred Byrant Renton Bridges, in Melbourne, Australia, and immigrated to the United States in 1920.  He was active in the International Longshoremen's Association and in 1937 led the West Coast members out of the American Federation of Labor to form the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union in the Congress of Industrial Organizations.  Bridges' militancy, especially during World War II, led to unsuccessful attempts by the United States government between 1937 and 1955 to deport him as a communist.  The collection consists of materials related to the deportation hearings, and contains briefs, statements, memoranda, arguments, petitions, opinions of the court, and printed materials about the case.  In English.  Inventory available.

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