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"First published in 1956 from the author's experiences in three of the now infamous Smith Act trials, this book remains the most comprehensive discussion of the basic doctrines of Marxist ideology as a whole in their relation to democracy and to revolutionary "force and violence."" "The U.S. government's interpretation of these issues threatened the very existence of civil liberties in our country for a generation. Dr. Somerville's testimony and the Court record herein is a key document not only for U.S. history and the future but wherever there is concern for the status of individual freedom or the meaning of "Marxist" revolution. In the course of some ten days on the witness stand, under intensive examination by several teams of defense and government counsel, as well as three judges, Dr. Somerville went into every aspect of Communist teachings in relation to the issue of forcible overthrow of government, the heart of all the trials."--BOOK JACKET.
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The Communist Trials And The American Tradition: Expert Testimony On Force And Violence And Democracy was first published in 1956 and is now reprinted for a contemporary generation of readers in a newly supplemented edition, scholar, activist, and educator John Somerville provides the reader with a brilliant and comprehensive analysis of the social and political impact of the three Smith Act trials that took place during the McCarthy anti-communist political witch hunts of the 1950s in The Communist Trials And The American Tradition: Expert Testimony On Force And Violence And Democracy. Highly recommended reading for all students of 20th century American political history, Somerville's book continues to be an engaging, informative, challenging, enduring contribution to our understanding of the trauma inflicted by the anti-communist hysteria of the times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780717807239
  • Publisher: International Publishers Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: 2ND ENLARGED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Testimony Begins: The Declaration of Independence and the Communist 15
2 The Heart of the Issue: The Majority and "The Propitious Moment" 35
3 The Government's Case: "Evidence" of Force and Violence 52
4 The Prosecution Persists: Cross-examination by Government Counsel 72
5 The Prosecution Forgets Logic: The Problem of Peaceful Transition 103
6 Return to the Facts: Peaceful Transition in the Teachings of American Communists Today 127
7 The Central Issue Again: Importance of the Concept of Revolutionary Situation 145
8 Related Issues: War, Imperialism, and Revolution 162
9 The Continuing Danger: Roots and Perspectives 172
10 Variations on a Theme: Two 1956 Trials, Cleveland and Philadelphia 200
11 The Right of Revolution: Correspondence with Author of Smith Act and Opinion of Mr. Justice Jackson 217
12 Chapter and Verse: Text and Analysis of Smith Act and Indictments 233
Index to Text 255
Appendix Law, Logic and Revolution: The Smith Act Decisions (1961) 257
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