Communist Trials and the American Tradition / Edition 2

Communist Trials and the American Tradition / Edition 2

by John Somerville
     
 

"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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780717807239
Publisher:
International Publishers Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
2ND ENLARGED
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1The Testimony Begins: The Declaration of Independence and the Communist15
2The Heart of the Issue: The Majority and "The Propitious Moment"35
3The Government's Case: "Evidence" of Force and Violence52
4The Prosecution Persists: Cross-examination by Government Counsel72
5The Prosecution Forgets Logic: The Problem of Peaceful Transition103
6Return to the Facts: Peaceful Transition in the Teachings of American Communists Today127
7The Central Issue Again: Importance of the Concept of Revolutionary Situation145
8Related Issues: War, Imperialism, and Revolution162
9The Continuing Danger: Roots and Perspectives172
10Variations on a Theme: Two 1956 Trials, Cleveland and Philadelphia200
11The Right of Revolution: Correspondence with Author of Smith Act and Opinion of Mr. Justice Jackson217
12Chapter and Verse: Text and Analysis of Smith Act and Indictments233
Index to Text255
AppendixLaw, Logic and Revolution: The Smith Act Decisions (1961)257

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