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Death Penalty for Integrated Dissent: 1930s Communists Caught in Georgia’s Dragnet
Dr. Maryan Soliman, Washington University St. Louis
This paper provides an authoritative account of the arrest of the Atlanta Six, black and white Communists charged under Georgia’s insurrection statute in 1930. Their legal repression was in no doubt a free speech issue. But it took no more than asking why the Communists were targeted to arrive at issues of race and class — be it because the radicals held integrated meetings, circulated literature that advocated for full racial equality, or organized black and white workers in joint struggle.
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