National Council of Arts, Sciences and Professions

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The National Council of Arts, Sciences and Professions (NCASP or ASP) was a United States-based socialist organization of the 1950s.

The ASP sponsored the Cultural and Scientific Conference for World Peace, held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City for 3 days in late March, 1949.[1] It was a controversial conference, picketed by Catholic War Veterans. W. E. B. Du Bois gave an impassioned speech on the final night.[2] The ASP asked Du Bois to represent them at the World Congress of the Partisans of Peace in Paris in April 1949.[3] Du Bois also attended, on behalf of the ASP, the All-Soviet Peace Conference in August 1949.[4] Ronald Reagan was a former member of the Hollywood chapter.[5]


  1. ^ Lewis, p 684.
  2. ^ Lewis, p 685.
  3. ^ Lewis, p 686.
  4. ^ Lewis, p 687.
  5. ^ Mitgang, Herbert (October 5, 1987). "Policing America's Writers". The New Yorker.


  • Lewis, David, W. E. B. Du Bois: A Biography, 2009.

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