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Sen. Bill Langer

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From the Archives: Episode Eight

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O. John Rogge

O. John Rogge

Photo of Justice Department special prosecutor O. John Rogge. Rogge was fired from the Justice Department in 1946 for discussing the findings of his investigation into Nazi activity in the United States.

U.S. Department of Justice
William Power Maloney

William Power Maloney

Photo of Justice Department special prosecutor William Power Maloney. In 1943, members of Congress pressured the Justice Department to remove Maloney from his investigation into Nazi penetration of the United States.

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Henry Hoke

Henry Hoke

Photo of journalist and direct mail expert Henry Hoke. Hoke helped expose the members of Congress who were participating in a scheme to launder Nazi propaganda through the United States Congress.

Henry Hoke, Black Mail
Frances Sweeney

Frances Sweeney

Photo of journalist and activist Frances Sweeney. Sweeney fought to expose fascist activity in Boston in the 1940s.

Getty Images
Arthur Derounian

Arthur Derounian

Photo of author and journalist Arthur Derounian, who wrote under the pen name "John Roy Carlson." Derounian went undercover with American fascist groups to expose their plans for violence and terrorism.

NARA
Drew Pearson

Drew Pearson

Photo of journalist Drew Pearson. Pearson helped to expose members of Congress with ties to Nazi Germany who had been involved in an anti-democratic propaganda scheme.

Underwood Archives/Getty Images
From the ashes

From the ashes

Washington Post reporter Dillard Stokes examines the ashes of the franked envelopes he discovered being set on fire behind the America First Committee's DC headquarters. Stokes received one of the highest awards in newspaper journalism for his reporting.

The Washington Post
Leon Lewis

Leon Lewis

Photo of Leon Lewis, a Jewish lawyer and activist in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Lewis formed a secret spy network to infiltrate fascist organizations in Los Angeles in order to expose their activities and stop them from committing acts of violence.

Courtesy ADL
Rep. Hamilton Fish III

Rep. Hamilton Fish III

Rep. Hamilton Fish III (R-NY). Fish lost re-election to the House in 1944 after his involvement with a paid Nazi agent was exposed.

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Sen. Gerald Nye

Sen. Gerald Nye

Photo of Sen. Gerald Nye (R-ND). Nye lost re-election to the Senate in 1944 after publicly supporting dozens of Nazi-linked individuals standing trial for sedition.

Library of Congress
Sen. Bill Langer

Sen. Bill Langer

Sen. Bill Langer (R-ND, left) pictured with Sen. Strom Thurmond (D-SC, right) in 1948. Langer died while in office in 1959.

AP Photo
The Langer Bill

The Langer Bill

An undated article from the National States Rights Party proposing a plan to deport Black Americans to Africa. Sen. Bill Langer (R-ND) proposed a law to codify such a plan while he was serving in the Senate.

The Harold Weisberg Archive, Hood College
Sen. Burton Wheeler

Sen. Burton Wheeler

Photo of Sen. Burton K. Wheeler (D-MT). Wheeler lost re-election to the Senate in the primary in 1946.

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The German Report

The German Report

O. John Rogge's report on Nazi penetration of the United States, published in 1961.

MSNBC

True's Truncheon (page 1)

Page one of a patent application by sedition defendant James True, who had designed a wooden club specifically intended to kill Jews. True, the head of America First, Inc., had nicknamed his device the "Kike Killer."

True's Truncheon (page 2)

Page two of a patent application by sedition defendant James True, who had designed a wooden club specifically intended to kill Jews. True, the head of America First, Inc., had nicknamed his device the "Kike Killer."

True's Truncheon (page 3)

Page three of a patent application by sedition defendant James True, who had designed a wooden club specifically intended to kill Jews. True, the head of America First, Inc., had nicknamed his device the "Kike Killer."

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