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Criticism of Graham in the McCarthy Era

Frank Porter Graham (1886-1972) (center) photographed by Allard Lowenstein

Conservative politicians disliked Graham's activism and accused him of encouraging Communists. David Clark, a spokesman for the textile industry, began the personal charges against Graham in 1940. In 1947, a report of the House Un-American Activities Committee concluded that Graham was "one of those liberals who show a predilection for affiliation with various Communist-inspired front organizations."