Rankin, John E.

1944 card signed by the racist & anti-Semitic arch-conservative, Mississippi Congressman

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(1882-1960) Mississippi US Rep (D) 1921-53, supported racial segregation and, on the floor of the House of Representatives, voiced racist and anti-Semitic views. In 1944, following the Port Chicago disaster, the Navy asked Congress to give $5,000 to the victim's families. Rankin insisted the amount be reduced to $2,000 when he learned most of the dead sailors were Black, which caused the amount to be settled at $3,000. Co-authored the bill to create the Tennessee Valley Authority and supported the Rural Electrification Administration. He was a sponsor of Edith Nourse Rogers' Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (GI Bill of Rights). He strongly supported President Roosevelt's New Deal and advocated economic intervention in poor rural areas. He opposed creation of the UN, supported racial segregation and opposed civil rights legislation. Rankin chaired the Committee on World War Veterans' Legislation (72nd-79th Congresses) and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs (81st-82nd Congresses). He was a leading member of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), active in probing the US Communist Party and the German-American Bund, but failed to investigate violence and murder perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan. After Rankin used the epithet “nigger” on the floor of the House, freshman NY Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. called for his impeachment. Rankin also assailed columnist Walter Winchell as “the little kike" and claimed the Immigration and Nationality Act was opposed solely by US Jews. He notoriously baited Jewish Congressmen, inc. Adolph J. Sabath & Emanuel Celler and accused Albert Einstein, on the floor of Congress, of being a “foreign-born agitator” who sought “to further the spread of Communism throughout the world.” Rankin ran for the Democratic nomination following the death of Senator Theodore G. Bilbo, and finished last among 5 major candidates. He was defeated for re-election to the House in 1952 by Rep. Thos. G. Abernethy after their districts were joined through redistricting. 3 x 5 card signed card as “M.C./1st District of/Mississippi" dated February 17 1944 by him.

Condition: Very good, light uniform toning, slightly pale corners
Type:Signed Card






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