The jurors, six men and six women, went about their work conscientiously. Only after seven days of reading and discussion did they reach their verdict, delivered last week in the federal court in Manhattan. The verdict: the 13 defendants were guilty as charged of conspiring to teach and advocate the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government.

The defendants in the ten-month trial were second-drawer leaders of the U.S. Communist Party, including Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, member of the party's national committee; Alexander Trachtenberg and Alexander Bittelman, Russian-born party theoreticians; Pettis Perry, one of...

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