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Books on Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland

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How civil liberties triumphed over national insecurity

Between the two major red scares of the twentieth century, a police raid on a Communist Party bookstore in Oklahoma City marked an important lesson in the history of American freedom.

In a raid on the Progressive Bookstore in 1940, local officials seized thousands of books and pamphlets and arrested twenty customers and proprietors. All were detained incommunicado and many were held for months on unreasonably high bail. Four were tried for violating Oklahomas “criminal syndicalism” law, and their convictions and ten-year sentences caused a nationwide furor. After protests from labor unions, churches, publishers, academics, librarians, the American Civil Liberties Union, members of the literary world, and prominent individuals ranging from Woody Guthrie to Eleanor Roosevelt, the convictions were overturned on appeal.

Shirley A. Wiegand and Wayne A. Wiegand share the compelling story of this important case for the first time. They reveal how state power—with support from local media and businesses—was used to trample individuals civil rights during an era in which citizens were gripped by fear of foreign subversion.

Richly detailed and colorfully told, Books on Trial is a sobering story of innocent people swept up in the hysteria of their times. It marks a fascinating and unnerving chapter in the history of Oklahoma and of the First Amendment. In todays climate of shadowy foreign threats—also full of unease about the way government curtails freedom in the name of protecting its citizens—the past speaks to the present.

 

 

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"'On August 17, 1940, Oklahoma City police raided the Progressive Book Store, seized thousands of books and pamphlets, and arrested the owner, Bob Wood, his wife and a dozen others who happened to be in the store, under state laws against distributing materials aimed at 'effecting industrial or political revolution.' Shirley Wiegand and Wayne Wiegand, professors, respectively, of law and American studies, examine the social, legal and cultural currents surrounding the arrest, conviction and eventual vindication of Wood and the three other alleged Community Party members who were eventually tried. The case became a national cause clbre; Lillian Hellman, Richard Wright and Clifford Odets were among those who spoke out for the defendants. This is a sedulously researched book, and the details of the trials expose prosecutor John Eberle as driven by rank ambition and rabid racism and anti-Semitism as much as by anticommunism. The authors show that local media and politicians failed to foresee the national outrage the prosecutions would generate. Particularly interesting is how they show the effect of external events, such as the U.S. entry into WWII and fascism's impact on the domestic atmosphere. The Wiegands conclude on a cautionary note, linking present-day antiterrorism fears to the anticommunist hysteria of 1940. B&w illus.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

On August 17, 1940, Oklahoma City police conducted a raid on a bookstore affiliated with the state Communist Party, seizing books and other materials and arresting 20 people, customers and proprietors, many of whom were to stand trial under the state's criminal syndicalism laws. In this work, Wiegand (emerita, law, Marquette U.) and Wiegand (library and information studies, Florida State U.) describe the trials and their aftermath, in which the conviction of the defendants unleashed a storm of protest from labor unions, churches, publishers, academics, librarians, the American Civil Liberties Union, and even Eleanor Roosevelt, ultimately leading to the defendants' verdicts being overturned on appeal. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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How civil liberties triumphed over national insecurity

About the Author

Shirley A. Wiegand is Professor of Law at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Wayne A. Wiegand is the F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies and Professor of American Studies at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806138688
Author:
Wiegand, Shirley A
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Wiegand, Wayne A.
Author:
Wiegand, Shirley A.
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
North American
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Censorship
Subject:
Communists
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
Censorship -- United States.
Subject:
Trials (Sedition) - Oklahoma
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 bandw illus.
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in 1.42 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'On August 17, 1940, Oklahoma City police raided the Progressive Book Store, seized thousands of books and pamphlets, and arrested the owner, Bob Wood, his wife and a dozen others who happened to be in the store, under state laws against distributing materials aimed at 'effecting industrial or political revolution.' Shirley Wiegand and Wayne Wiegand, professors, respectively, of law and American studies, examine the social, legal and cultural currents surrounding the arrest, conviction and eventual vindication of Wood and the three other alleged Community Party members who were eventually tried. The case became a national cause clbre; Lillian Hellman, Richard Wright and Clifford Odets were among those who spoke out for the defendants. This is a sedulously researched book, and the details of the trials expose prosecutor John Eberle as driven by rank ambition and rabid racism and anti-Semitism as much as by anticommunism. The authors show that local media and politicians failed to foresee the national outrage the prosecutions would generate. Particularly interesting is how they show the effect of external events, such as the U.S. entry into WWII and fascism's impact on the domestic atmosphere. The Wiegands conclude on a cautionary note, linking present-day antiterrorism fears to the anticommunist hysteria of 1940. B&w illus.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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