Labor Defender. Vol. 11 No. 11. November, 1935.

Labor Defender. Vol. 11 No. 11. November, 1935.

Contents: Views of the Months, Written in Blood: Terror in Lowndes County, Terror Behind the Firing Lines by Robert W. Dunn, Growing the Herndon Campaign, Hitler’s Axe Awaits Us, A Message from Angelo Herndon, On a Chain Gang in Georgia, What Herndon Can Expect, Voices of Protest, Scottsboro: They Want to Get it Over With by Louis Colman, Around the World with Alfred Hirsch, No it isn’t Your Money by Len Zinberg, How NOT to Act in Court: What to do When Under Arrest, News of the Month by Charles McLaughlin, Young Defenders Corner, Voices from Prison, Building the I.L.D.

Labor Defender was published monthly from 1926 until 1937 by the International Labor Defense (ILD), a Workers Party of America, and later Communist Party-led, non-partisan defense organization founded by James Cannon and William Haywood while in Moscow, 1925 to support prisoners of the class war, victims of racism and imperialism, and the struggle against fascism. It included, poetry, letters from prisoners, and was heavily illustrated with photos, images, and cartoons. Labor Defender was the central organ of the Scottsboro and Sacco and Vanzetti defense campaigns. Not only were these among the most successful campaigns by Communists, they were among the most important of the period and the urgency and activity is duly reflected in its pages. Editors included T. J. O’ Flaherty, Max Shactman, Karl Reeve, J. Louis Engdahl, William L. Patterson, Sasha Small, and Sender Garlin.

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