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Trotskyists on Trial: Free Speech and Political Persecution Since the Age of FDR

Donna T. Haverty-Stacke


In July 1941, a federal grand jury in Minneapolis indicted twenty-nine Socialist Workers Party members, fifteen of whom belonged to the militant Teamsters Local 544, for violating the 1940 Smith Act, a peacetime anti-sedition law. Examining the social, political, and legal history of the first Smith Act case, this book focuses on the tension between free speech and national security on the eve of America’s entry into World War II. It explores the implications of the case for the labor movement and the protection of civil liberties in wartime and postwar America. Because the origins of the case ... More

Keywords: Smith Act, free speech, sedition, national security, anticommunism, organized labor, Teamsters Local 544, domestic security state, Minneapolis, Socialist Workers Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479851942
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479851942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donna T. Haverty-Stacke, author
Hunter College, CUNY