Los Angeles: Constitution Party, 1957. First edition. Stapled wrappers (8 ½” x 11”), 12 pp, illus. A Fine copy. Penn State and the Univ. of Wisconsin have microform holdings of the right wing collection of the University of Iowa, but we find none of these institutions holding this first issue.
The scarce inaugural issue of this publication issued by the Los Angeles-based chapter of the Constitution Party, a right wing, states rights organization founded in Texas in 1950. The party was national in scope, but had a particularly strong base in California. Content for this issue includes party news and information on upcoming events, an article by ex-Utah governor and party supporter, J. Bracken Lee, on appealing income tax, an article on Maj. George Racey Jordan’s anti-Communist activities, a report by press chairman, Dr. Frank Cunningham, on a Los Angeles rally, and a useful synopsis of the party’s founding. The rear cover features the Constitution Party’s Platform. The publication later changed names to “The Sons and Daughters of Free Men” and became increasingly more strident in opposition to integration. Item #07139