Dr. Maryan Soliman, Washington University St. Louis | Newberry

Dr. Maryan Soliman, Washington University St. Louis

Friday, November 6, 2015

3 to 5pm

Room 101

Center for American History and Culture Programs
Labor History Seminar

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.


Respondents: Colleen Doody, DePaul University and Kevin Boyle, Northwestern University

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