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Author: Shirley A Wiegand; Wayne A Wiegand
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a raid on the Progressive Bookstore of Oklahoma City in 1940, local officials seized thousands of books and pamphlets and arrested twenty customers and proprietors, several of them members of the Communist Party. All were detained incommunicado and many were held for months on unreasonably high bail. Four were tried and convicted for violating Oklahoma's 'criminal syndicalism' law and sentenced to ten years in  Read more...
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Wiegand, Shirley A.
Books on trial.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608334162
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Shirley A Wiegand; Wayne A Wiegand
ISBN: 9780806138688 0806138688
OCLC Number: 82471662
Description: xvii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
ch. 1. Raids and arrests, August 1940 --
ch. 2. Communism comes to Oklahoma, 1917-1940 --
ch. 3. Bob and Alan on trial, October-December 1940 --
ch. 4. Both sides mobilize, August 1940- April 1941 --
ch. 5. Eli and Ina on trial, April-August 1941 --
ch. 6. Swells of protest, changing times, September 1941-September 1943 --
ch. 7. Aftermath --
Epilogue : Taking measure --
Abbreviations --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Shirley A. Wiegand and Wayne A. Wiegand.
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"In a raid on the Progressive Bookstore of Oklahoma City in 1940, local officials seized thousands of books and pamphlets and arrested twenty customers and proprietors, several of them members of the Communist Party. All were detained incommunicado and many were held for months on unreasonably high bail. Four were tried and convicted for violating Oklahoma's 'criminal syndicalism' law and sentenced to ten years in prison. The defendants' convictions and sentences caused a nationwide furor and were ultimately overturned on appeal 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." "Shirley A. Wiegand and Wayne A. Wiegand share the story of this important case for the first time, drawing on recently discovered trial transcripts, interviews with witnesses and those arrested, documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and other primary sources."--BOOK JACKET.

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