Scott Nearing

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Scott Nearing

He was a noted writer, organic farmer and leftist "gadfly" but was once an admitted member of the Communist Party USA, and still supported them, by his own admission, after he "left" it.

This is how he was characterized by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA), in their report "Communist Political Subversion: The Campaign to Destroy the Security Programs of the United States Government", Aug. 16, 1957, 85th Congress, 1st Session, Union Calendar No. 463, House Report No. 1182, pp.22-34. He was identified in the report as a leader of the CPUSA front, the American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born (ACPFB), the US section of the International Labor Defense (ILD) which, in turn was the earlier US section of the Soviet front the International Red Aid (IRA), pp. 7-8.

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In the Daily Worker (DW) of January 8, 1930, he was quoted as having decided to resign his membership in the Communist Party although 'continuing, as in the past, to uphold the principles of the party and to support the party work'." Subsequent activity included contributing editor to such publications as New Masses, Soviet Russia Today, and the Liberator; board of directors, American Fund for Public Service; instructor, "Philadelphia Workers School"; participant in projects of the American Peace Crusade, National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (NCASF), American-Russian Institute (ARI), California labor School, National Council of the Arts, Sciences and Professions, and National Guardian; elected to the World Peace Council (WPC) in 1955." [End of description]

Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace

Scott Nearing was a sponsor of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace which ran from March 25 - 27, 1949 in New York City. It was arranged by a Communist Party USA front organization known as the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions. The conference was a follow-up to a similar gathering, the strongly anti-America, pro-Soviet World Congress of Intellectuals which was held in Poland, August 25 - 28, 1948.[1]

American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born

In the late 1960s Scott Nearing was listed as a Sponsor of American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born[2].

"A letter to Congress" on North Korea

In 1974, approximately 50 prominent, mainly Communist Party USA aligned leftists, signed a "Letter to Congress" on the situation regarding North Korea.

"For a quarter of a century the people of all Korea have needed such a peace agreement. The American People are ready for it. The People of the world deserve it. Peaceful coexistence must replace war and the threat of war. Negotiations must replace confrontation."
"Therefore, we the undersigned, concerned about the dangerous conditions in Korea earnestly appeal to you, and to all peace-minded Americans to join together in combining our reason and our political influence to secure the peaceful resolution of this problem."

The letter to Congress was in response to a March 25th, 1974 letter from the Supreme Peoples Assembly of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to the United States Congress.

The signatories which included Scott Nearing Author, urged Congress to act on North Korea's Concerns.[3]


"By 1922, the Communists in America had received their orders from the Communist International to exploit Negroes in the Communist program against the peace and security of the United States. In 1923, the NAACP began to receive grants from the Garland Fund which was a major source for the financing of Communist Party enterprises. (Officials of the Fund included Communists William Z. Foster, Benjamin Gitlow, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Scott Nearing, and Robert W. Dunn, along with prominent leftwingers Roger Baldwin, Sidney Hillman, Ernest Gruening, Morris Ernst, Mary E. McDowell, Harry F. Ward, Judah L. Magnes, Freda Kirchwey, Emanuel Celler, Paul H. Douglas, Moorfield Storey, and Oswald Garrison Vilard). The grants continued until, at least, 1934."[4]


  1. Review of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace by the Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., April 19, 1949
  2. ACFPFB Letterhead, undated Hugh DeLacy paper Acc 3915,Box 3 Folder 20
  3. Letter to Congress undated 1974 Hugh DeLacy papers Accession Number 3915 Box Number 9 Folder Number 2
  4. From The Biographical Dictionary of the Left by Francis X. Gannon