A Negro on Trial for His Life: The Frame-Up of James Victory Exposed! Speech to Jury by Counsel for Defense. AFRICAN AMERICANS - LAW, Maurice SUGAR.

A Negro on Trial for His Life: The Frame-Up of James Victory Exposed! Speech to Jury by Counsel for Defense

[Detroit]: Committee for Maurice Sugar for Judge of Recorder's Court, 1935. First Edition. 12mo (19.5cm.); photo-illustrated staplebound self-wrappers; 39pp. Rear wrapper a bit toned, old newsclipping laid in has left offsetting to pp. 10 & 11, else Very Good or better.

Successful defense speech by labor attorney Maurice Sugar, best known for serving as General Counsel to the United Auto Workers Union, 1937-1946. In 1934, James Victory, an African-American WW1 veteran and car washer was accused of slashing the face of a white woman and stealing her purse. Thanks to Sugar's speech published here, Victory was acquitted despite William Randolph Hearst's disparaging media coverage and an all-white jury. See Christopher H. Johnson, Maurice Sugar: Law, Labor, and the Left in Detroit, 1912-1950 (1988), pp. 151-153. 5 copies in OCLC as of May, 2016, at UC Davis, Yale, Library of Congress, Michigan State, and U. Michigan.

Price: $150.00

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