Labor Defender. Vol. 6 No. 9. September, 1931.

Labor Defender. Vol. 6 No. 9. September, 1931.

Contents: Views of the Month, Why Camp Hill? by William Nowell, Harlan Where Gunmen Wear Armor by Jack Hill, A Sharecropper Tell the Story, These Starving 100% Americans by Vern Smith, Not Bullets Bread! by Harry Raymond, My Two Sons Face the Electric Chair, Boss Justice in the Coal Fields, We Must Beat Back Police Terror!, Gorki versus Wickersham by Joseph Vogel, Bernard Shaw Believes His Eyes by Harry Gannes, The Future Belongs tot he Youth by Sam Strong, Voices from Prison.

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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