Bella V. Dodd (1904–1969) was a member of the Communist Party of America (CPUSA) in the 1930s and 1940s.

On March 11, 1953, The New York Times ran a front page article entitled Bella Dodd Asserts Reds Got Presidential Advisory Posts reporting that she "swore before the Senate Internal Security subcommittee today that Communists had got into many legislative offices of Congress and into a number of groups advising the President of the United States."[1] The New York Times reported on March 8, 1954 that Bella Dodd "...warned yesterday that the "materialistic philosophy," which she said was now guiding public education, would eventually demoralize the nation."[2]

In her book, School of Darkness (1954) she states that that Communist Party's structure "was in reality a device to control the 'common man'".[3]


  1. Bella Dodd Asserts Reds Got Presidential Advisory Posts in NYT on March 11, 1953 (subscription required)
  2. Bella Dodd Assails Materialism In U.S. in NYT on March 8, 1954 (subscription reqyuired)
  3. School of Darkness, chapter 16


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