[New York: 1949]. 16pp. Original printed title wrappers with photographic illustration of author on front wrap [minimal dustsoiling], held with two staples. Number written in ink at head of front wrap, institutional discard rubberstamp on rear wrap. Short split at each end of spine fold. Very Good.
"The pamphlet contains a portion of Mr. Crockett's summation to the jury in the recently concluded trial of the eleven leaders of the Communist Party. The defendants - all members of the National Committee of the Communist Party of the United States, were indicted on July 28, 1948 under the so-called "Smith Act" and charged with conspiring to organize as the Communist Party a society or group of persons who teach 'the Marxist-Leninist principles of the overthrow and destruction of the Government of the United States by force and violence.'... Mr. Crockett was one of five trial attorneys who undertook the defense..."
George W. Crockett, Jr., [1909-1997] was an African-American attorney, judge, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 13th district. from 1980-1991. He helped to found the National Lawyer's Guild in 1937, the nation's first integrated bar association. Among his many accomplishments, he was the first African-American lawyer in the U.S. Department of Labor, was an active civil rights lawyer in private practice, and a judge in Detroit in the 1960s and 1970s. Item #35620