The arrest of Sewell Avery, carried out by National Guardsmen for illegally refusing to recognize his 7,000 workers’ union. As he passed the Attorney General, he shouted: “To hell with the government…You New Dealer!” Dec. 27, 1944
Sewell Avery, chairman of the big catalog company Montgomery Ward, opposed labor unions, Roosevelt’s New Deal, and Roosevelt’s re-election. In 1944 Avery refused FDR’s order to extend his company’s labor contracts to avoid a strike. Roosevelt ordered the War Department to seize the offices of Montgomery Ward. Attorney General Francis Biddle flew to Chicago to oversee the army’s physical removal of Avery from his office, as the photo shows.