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Workers Defense League


Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Francis Heisler Papers

Identifier: LP001036
Abstract Francis Heisler practiced law, representing numerous labor unions, conscientious objectors and draft resisters, and handled many civil rights and civil liberties cases in both Chicago, IL and California. His papers reflect his legal career with primary emphasis on labor-related cases.
Dates: 1936 - 1976

Joe Felmet Papers

Identifier: LP001507
Abstract Joe Felmet participated in the first “freedom ride” of the civil rights movement. This 1947 trip, known as the “Journey of Reconciliation,” was meant to test the Supreme Court’s ruling that banned segregation on interstate travel. The sixteen riders were arrested multiple times along the way and Felmet was sentenced to three weeks on a chain gang in North Carolina.Felmet was a lifelong peace activist and an advocate for civil liberties. He was a conscientious objector during World...
Dates: 1944 - 1993

Workers' Defense League Records

Identifier: LR000408
Abstract This collection of correspondence, press releases, newspaper clippings, speeches, trial briefs and transcripts, and published pamphlets and leaflets, thoroughly documents the Worker's Defense League's efforts to obtain justice for labor organizers, government critics, victims of racial and economic discrimination, and conscientious objectors, through established, legal processes.
Dates: 1935 - 1971