Trials -- United States
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
This collection consists of articles, fliers, pamphlets, correspondence, legal briefs, petitions, and transcripts of court records. The documents in this collection describe the various efforts and activities of the Committee to Free Morton Sobell. They include pamphlets that discuss pertinent legal issues, petitions for Sobell's release, petitions to abolish the death penalty, correspondence appealing for a re-opening of the case, articles concerning the legal ramifications of the case, and a statement by Ethel and Julius Rosenberg from the Death House of Sing Sing Prison, October, 1952. Of special interest to researchers will be the legal briefs and "Transcripts of the Records from the Supreme Court of the United States" concerning the Rosenberg and Sobell petitions for appeal.
Morris U. Schappes, self-taught historian of American Jewish History, author, teacher, and editor of Jewish Currents for 40 years, is also known as a victim of hearings conducted in 1941 by the Rapp-Coudert Committee, a New York legislative committee investigating Communist activities in the state educational system.
This collection is comprised of materials related to the Rapp-Coudert proceedings and Schappes' subsequent imprisonment, and of materials generated in the following decades. Topics represented include academic freedom, Communism in the U.S., the roles of Jews in U.S. history, and Emma Lazarus. The formats primarily present in the collection are research notes, manuscripts, clippings, and correspondence.