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Shirley A. Wiegand

Full Name: Shirley A. Wiegand
Number of Works: 2
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ISBN: 0806138688, 9780806138688
Keywords: heartland, scare, red, trial, books
Pages: 286
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 60%

How civil liberties triumphed over national insecurityBetween 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 Oklahoma’s “criminal syndicalism” law, and their convictions and ten-year se