March 6, 1948 - Cold War And Filibuster.


March 6th in 1948 got off to a bumpy start. Beginning with reports from Berlin that Communists were infiltrating the West German labor unions. A coup was underway in Czechoslovakia. A Three Power Conference on Post-War Germany was getting underway in London minus the participation of the Soviet Union. Finland was negotiating a Military Alliance Treaty with the Soviet Union in Helsinki. The Western European Alliance Conference was getting underway in Brussels. And the United Nations decided to dump the Palestine Partition situation in the laps of the U.S. and USSR to sort out. A violence resumed in Haifa.

Meanwhile, back in the States - A Filibuster was getting ready over pending Civil Rights legislation in the Senate. Eight Dixiecrats pledged to hold up proceedings by reading everything from the DC phonebook to Webster's Dictionary in an attempt to kill any vote having to do with progress. Also pending was a vote on revisions in the Marshall Plan.

And Harry Bridges was ousted as President of the CIO with calls for his deportation back to Australia. Such was the love in that room.

All this, and it was only the morning news via John Cameron Swayze and The NBC News Of The World.


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