Bessie R. Burchett

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Bessie Rebecca Burchett Ph D. (born 1879) was the head of the department of foreign languages in the South Philadelphia High School for Girls. She wrote a book, Education for Destruction, documenting the communist infiltration of the Philadelphia public school system in the 1930s.

She earned the moniker "Two Gun" Bessie because she carried two pistols to defend herself.


  • Janus in Roman Life and Culture : A Study in Roman Religions (1918)
  • Education for Destruction (1941) 175 pages

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