Felix Wittmer, “How Far to the Left is the League of Women Voters?” National Republic 42(4) (August 1954), reprint
In 1954, the president of the League of Women Voters of the United States launched a nationwide discussion program on individual liberties, known as the Freedom Agenda. As part of this program, local leagues prepared pamphlets on the Bill of Rights, freedom of speech, and other topics. The League conceived this program in response to the Congressional investigations of the period, which it feared were compromising the principles of freedom of expression and freedom of education. The Freedom Agenda itself was criticized by the Un-American Activities Committee of the Westchester, New York American Legion, who accused the League of attempting to show that communism was non-existent. The State and a few local leagues in New Jersey were also attacked during this period. In 1949, Felix Wittmer, a history professor at Montclair State College, claimed that the League was being infiltrated by communists. However, as had been the case with similar attacks during the Red Scare of the 1920s, these accusations seemed to have little impact.