On this day in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act into law. The act, passed at the height of Mcarthyism, made membership in the Communist Party a criminal act. Although the act has been ruled unconstitutional by federal courts, it’s never been tested in the US Supreme Court, and remains on the books to this day, though unenforced.
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