National Affairs: On the Smith Act

"The people are sick and tired of witch hunts, of which the Smith Act prosecutions were the high point," burbled suety Philip M. ("Slim") Connelly, Los Angeles editor of the Communist People's World. Gathered around Connelly in a Los Angeles lawyer's office last week was a jubilant quorum of the 14 California Communist leaders in whose cases the U.S. Supreme Court had just ordered acquittal (for five), and new trials (for nine). Spokesman Connelly was giving out the new Red line that Communist martyrdom (including, said Manhattan's Daily Worker, those "sublimely heroic" atom spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg) had broadened the...

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