Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies (Hartford and Connecticut Chapters) papers
Scope and Contents
The papers are divided into four series: Correspondence, Speeches and Writings, Subject Files, and Printed Matter.
The National Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies was organized in May, 1940 for the purpose of influencing public opinion and lobbying in favor of United States assistance to the allied powers. William Allen White, an influential Kansas editor, and Clark Mell Eichelberger were prime movers in organizing the CDAAA and served respectively as national chairman. White resigned January 4, 1941. Hence, most of the material pertaining to the national organization in this collection involves Clark Eichelberger. The national CDAAA was prointervention, lobbied in favor of the Lend-Lease Bill, recognition of DeGaulle's government in exile, against the neutrality act, and against the propaganda of the America First group. The national organization is chiefly represented in this collection through correspondence and published material in the "Printed Matter" series.
The Hartford chapter of the CDAAA was organized soon after the national headquarters was established and followed the general national policy. The chairman of the Hartford chapter was Walter E. Batterson a former mayor of that city. With the emergence of a state organization he served similtaneously as the chairman of the Connecticut and Hartford chapters. Batterson retained these two positions until October, 1941 when the state CDAAA merged with an organization of similar purpose, Fight for Freedom Inc. He then served as a co-chairman of the new organization, Fight for Freedom Committee to Defend America, while H. M. Dadourian headed the Hartford organization. The activities of the committees stopped shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Eleanor Taft Tilton was active in both the state and local CDAAA. She served as a vice-chairman of the Hartford chapter and as a member of the state committee-at-large. She was also secretary of Americans United for World Organization in the mid-forties and worked in opposition to the reelection of John Danaher in 1944.
John Danaher, Republican Senator from Connecticut 1939-1945 is the subject of a portion of the material in this collection. Danaher's votes against such acts as the Naval Appropriations Bill, the Selective Service Act and the Lend-Lease Bill made him one of the chief congressional opponents of the program that the CDAAA wanted to promote. The CDAAA opposed Danaher's opinions through meetings, press statements, and letters to the editor. Material related to the anti-Danaher campaign is present in each series of the collection, but is primarily found in "Speeches and Writings", "Subject Files", and "Printed Matter."
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Biographical / Historical
- Batterson, Walter E.
- Bell, Ulric, 1891-1960
- Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies. Hartford and Connecticut Chapters
- Connecticut -- Politics and government
- Dadourian, H. M. (Haroutune Mugurditch), 1878-1974
- Danaher, John Anthony, 1899-
- Eichelberger, Clark M. (Clark Mell), 1896-1980
- Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972
- Intervention (International law)
- Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
- Maloney, Francis Thomas, 1894-1945
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
- Seymour, Charles, 1885-1963
- Tilton, Eleanor Taft, 1909-1984
- United States -- Foreign relations
- United States -- Politics and government
- Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944
- World War, 1939-1945
- Guide to the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies (Hartford and Connecticut Chapters) Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by David Maslyn and George Cunningham
- November 1972
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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