chapter  34
Carlos Bulosan
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At the peak of McCarthyism in the fifties, Carlos Bulosan was a blacklisted writer (perhaps the only Filipino writer on the FBI hit list) scheduled for deportation as a dangerous subversive, together with Chris Mensalvas and Ernesto Mangaong, leaders of the International Longshoreman's and Warehouseman's Union (ILWU), Local 37, based in Seattle, Washington. But how could the government deport this writer commissioned by President Franklin Roosevelt to write an essay celebrating his "four freedoms," a manifesto exhibited at the Federal Building in San Francisco in 1943?