a former Ku Klux Klan member, was a powerful
Democratic member of HUAC from Mississippi.
According to historian David Caute, in his book,
"The Great Fear," Rankin called the
Federal Fair Employment Practices Commission
"communistic" and once proposed a bill that
would fine teachers $10,000 and jail them for
ten years if they were found to "convey the
impression of sympathy with the Communist ideology."
December 1948, Rankin read the contents of the
Baltimore Documents into the Congressional Record.
He then talked about "the American boys
who were killed, who lost their lives as a result
of this treason," and also suggested that
if the spy ring had been caught in time, "we
might not have had a Pearl Harbor."