Trial of 12 Communists, prosecuted under the Smith Act, held in Foley Square Court House New York City
New York City USA Date:1949 Duration:3 min 25 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Communists march in Washington DC. The communists protest in front of Department of Justice Building. They carry banners protesting the prosecution of 12 Communists under the Alien Registration Act (Smith Act) of 1940. Policeman watches. Patterson, Civil Rights Secretary, Mrs John Gates and Defense Lawyer O John Rogge pose. Scene change to New York City. View from next to mounted Police officer at Courthouse in Foley Square, Manhattan, New York City. Photographers and reporters assembled on steps of courthouse. William L. Patterson, National Executive Secretary of Civil Rights Congress and defense lawyer, O. John Rogge on the steps, entering the courthouse. Reporters on steps. Pamphlets read 'Not 12 Men on trial- but everybody'. Pickets in front of the Court House. Judge Medina on steps. Cameramen take photographs with eyemos cameras. Three prosecuting attorneys pose, with Chief Prosecutor, U.S. Attorney John F. X. McGohey in the center. Simon Gerson,who had been assisting the Defense, makes a public statement about the effects on the rights of all. 11 defendants, including, William Z. Foster, Benjamin Davis, Eugene Dennis, Henry Winston, John Williamson and Jacob Stachel, John Gates, Gus Hall, and Robert G. Thompson. Views of notable Communist establishments: Union Square and 16th Street offices of Freiheit, the Jewish Daily Newspaper (official Jewish Communist newspaper, published in Yiddish, on presses shared with the Daily Worker); Communist Party Center, Chelsea & Waterfront Sections of Chelsea neighborhood; Henry Forbes East Side Center, Communist Party, 201 Second Avenue (Named for Henry Forbes, a former executive secretary of the Communist party of New York County); and East-Midtown Communist Party headquarters. Party leader William Z. Foster speaking. Communist, Judith Coplon with lawyer, Archibald Palmer, in his offices.
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