Ben Davis--Fighter [Cover Title]. Communism, African-American.

Ben Davis--Fighter [Cover Title]

New York: Harlem Communist Election Campaign for the Re-election of Benjamin J. Davis, [1949]. Single page folded once to create a [4]-page brochure measuring 11 x 8 1/2 inches (280 x 215 mm) when folded. Illustrated brochure featuring an autobiographical statement by Benjamin J. Davis, a black Communist who was running for re-election to the New York City Council. The statement was based on his testimony in the 1949 trial against him and 10 other Communist leaders who had been charged with conspiring to overthrow the government. Davis recounts his childhood in Georgia, attending college at Morehouse and Amherst, and graduating from Harvard Law School. He talks about some of the cases he worked on as a lawyer and ends with a plea for readers to sign petitions to secure a place for him on the ballot. The brochure lists his 11-point program, which includes ending police brutality in Harlem and restoring the five-cent fare. We find no institutional holdings of this brochure in OCLC and none in commerce as of November 29, 2019. RARE. Item #2131

CONDITION: A bit of handling wear and soiling. A Near Fine copy.

Price: $250.00

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