Jersey City's Mayor Hague: Last of the Bosses, Not First Of The Dictators
Amid cries of "Communist" and "Fascist" he and the C.I.O are fighting it out
By Jack Alexander
A patriotic rally of imposing proportions is something which Mayor Hague can produce at will, since Jersey City civic bodies do not lightly ignore a "Message from the Mayor's Office" requesting their presence. When President Roosevelt visited Jersey City on a campaign swing in 1936, Hague turned out 150,000 adults and school children to greet him. The picture shows a rally Hague staged on Jan. 6 to defy the C.I.O. Amid fireworks, flags, and banners, some 15,000 citizens trooped into the city armory to hear the Mayor shout that: "All the forces arrayed against me is animated by the Communists."
Originally appeared in Life on February 7, 1938
Photographs by Margaret Bourke-White
Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2004