COMMUNISTS: Man & Automaton

A tall, broad-shouldered Negro told a solemn story in a Manhattan federal courtroom last week. Manhattan Councilman Benjamin J. Davis, one of the eleven Communists on trial for conspiring to advocate the overthrow of the U.S. Government by force, was the third defendant to take the stand. He was the first to explain with any degree of conviction how and why some Americans become Communists.

In a low, drawling voice, Davis recalled his early days in Dawson, Ga., where he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Grandson of a slave...

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