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Two Communist Brothers from Washington, New Hampshire and their Fight Against Fascism By Donald H. Forbes
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Joe and Homer Chase were brought up on a working farm in Washington, New Hampshire. They learned sophisticated lessons of politics and economics at their parents’ knees. Each spent his life... More > fighting for the working class. Joe, the elder brother, fought on the European front in World War II against the fascist threat. At home, he worked in union jobs in the Boston area exposing the evils of the Smith and Taft-Hartley Acts while attending to his duties as a representative of his fellow workers in the Railroad Brotherhoods. Homer, Joe’s younger brother, fought against Fascism by joining the Abraham Lincoln Brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil War during the 1930s. He fought Hitler’s regime again in World War II as a paratrooper with the 17th Airborne. After his return from the battlefields of Europe, Homer continued his work for social justice - for the Afro-Americans’ right to vote and for workers’ rights to unionize in the South in the 1940s and early1950s, and later in the North.< Less