[Item #59674] The Louise Olivereau Case. Trial and Speech to the Jury in Federal Court of Seattle, Wash., November 1917. ANARCHISM - I. W. W., Louise OLIVEREAU.

The Louise Olivereau Case. Trial and Speech to the Jury in Federal Court of Seattle, Wash., November 1917

Seattle: Minnie Parkhurst, [1917]. First Edition. 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet; printed thick paper wrappers; 64pp. Old clear tape reinforcements along bound edge of wrappers; slight cover soil; internally clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good copy.

Olivereau, an American-born daughter of French immigrants, was a stenographer at the I.W.W. Branch headquarters in Seattle as well as a popular lecturer on radical subjects. She was arrested in 1917 and charged under the Espionage Act for abetting oppostion to American entry to WW1. She represented herself at trial, to poor effect – she was convicted and sentenced to ten years in federal prison (though she ultimately served only 28 months of her sentence). This pamphlet includes a description of the trial along with Olivereau's own address to the jury; concludes with a lengthy poem, "3 A.M. in Jail," composed on the eve of her trial. A key (if forgotten) work by an American woman anarchist; extremely uncommon in commerce; we have never seen another copy offered previously; ten locations noted in OCLC. Not in Miles.

Price: $450.00

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