Anna Morgan

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Anna H. Morgan a lifelong activist and Committees of Correspondence member who died in Massachusetts in 1996, at age 101.[1]

Early Life

As an adolescent Morgan did church volunteer work, driving the minister, with horse and buggy, to visit the poor and the sick and others who were housebound. As a young woman raising a family and running a farm, she brought contraceptives into Massachusetts for the local farm women, as her mother had done. By the 1930's, seeing the ravages of the Depression, she realized the "necessity for people to join together to right the wrongs that were causing such misery."[2]

Life of Activism

In the 1930's she organized the unemployed, and raised money for ambulances for Loyalist Spain. Later she fought the Jim Crow laws, collected food for strikers families, and worked to "expose corruption in government and corporations, help elect decent local and national officials, never cooperate with the Un-American Committee, bring our men home from Korea and Vietnam, stop the threat of nuclear war, abolish the death penalty, lift the embargo on Cuba." Her project in summer of 1996 was working on the campaign for a postage stamp of Paul Robeson.[3]

Communist Party reformer

In 1991 Anna Morgan, Massachusetts, was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party"-most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[4]

Party club named in honor

The Columbus, Ohio, Club of the CPUSA

According to Anita Waters, The Columbus, Ohio, Club of the CPUSA has had a very active spring. First, we adopted a new name: the Anna Hass Morgan Club. Anna Morgan was an open Communist who lived in Columbus in the 1940s and 50s. She was active with the United Electrical Workers’ Union, and struggles against environmental racism and Jim Crow laws in the Columbus area. She was a “defiant witness” who was hounded by government about her party membership for seven years, until she won her case before the Supreme Court. Over the year before we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the CPUSA, our club educationals have focused on the history and theory of our party.

References

  1. CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997 Page 2
  2. CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997 Page 2
  3. CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997 Page 2
  4. Addendum to Initiative document Nov. 13 1991