Gus Hall

Gus Hall (1910-2000) was the general secretary of the Communist Party of the United States of America and the Party’s candidate for president during four election years in the 1970s and 1980s. In the late 1940s, he was one of 11 party leaders convicted of conspiring to overthrow the government under the Smith Act and was sentenced to prison for five years. After fleeing to Mexico while on bail, he was recaptured and jailed until 1957. Hall remained an active member and the general secretary of the CPUSA until his death in 2000.

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