National Affairs: Gentleman from Georgia

Up to testify before a House committee was William Lorenzo Patterson, Negro attorney and a well-known and voluble mouthpiece of the Communist Party. First he refused to obey the committee's order to surrender records of his Communist-controlled Civil Rights Congress, which the committee had asked for. Then he began explaining certain expenditures by his outfit.

"I was fighting," he said, "for the life of a Negro in Georgia, nine of whom were lynched. Georgia state tried to lynch the Scottsboro boys—"

"The state of Georgia has never tried to lynch any Negro," wrathfully broke in Congressman Henderson Lanham of Rome, Ga., who was...

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