Supreme Court Decision Freeing Black Labor Organizer Angelo Herndon, 1937
PamphletDamon, Anna. Victory, Decision of the United States Supreme Court in the Case of Angelo Herndon, April 1937. Chicago: State of Illinois, 1937. Measures 8.5" x 6.5". 30 pages. In the introduction, Damon writes "The decision will be a spur to the fight to wipe out the repressive laws against labor and political groups which still disgrace the statute-books of thirty-four states. It will be a spur to greater victories in the fight to open other prison doors. Herndon is free...all other labor and political prisoners, next!" Angelo Herndon was an African American labor organizer arrested and convicted of insurrection after working to organize black and white industrial workers in Atlanta in 1932. Close to 1,000 black and white unemployed workers united across color lines to demonstrate at the federal courthouse, alarming officials who began monitoring known leaders including Herndon. The case against him rested on "communist literature" found in Herndon's hotel room. He spent six months in prison before getting out on bail and was found guilty by an all-white jury in 1933. His case twice reached the United States Supreme Court which ruled Georgia's insurrection law unconstitutional for violating free speech and assembly. Light soiling on front cover does not affect text. Overall good condition.
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