Stanton and Nancy Smith Papers

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Stanton Smith served as Vice-President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and as president of AFT Local 246, Chattanooga. Mr. Smith played a prominent role in the investigation and hearings of AFT locals charged with communist affiliations. Also a member of AFT local 246, Nancy Smith served on the Nominations and Elections Committee to the 23rd Annual Convention and was an active advocate for passing the referendum to revoke the charters of communist affiliated locals. The papers of Nancy and Stanton Smith reflect the dissension within the AFT in the 1930’s and 1940’s and the move to oust communists from the union.

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