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Anne Shore presents a Christmas Card for the U.S. Attorney, Dec. 1948, Los Angeles

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Title:Anne Shore presents a Christmas Card for the U.S. Attorney, Dec. 1948, Los Angeles
Date:1948 Dec.
Description:

Photograph of Anne Shore, national executive secretary of the Civil Rights Congress, holding a greeting card and petition for U.S. Attorney James Carter. The petition, with a drawing of Santa Claus behind prison bars, urges Carter to dismiss charges "against victims of the Grand Jury Witch Hunt in L.A." In 1948, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles was investigating the Communist Party of Los Angeles. People called before the grand jury could name other members of the Communist Party, or they could refuse to testify; if they refused, they were cited for contempt and sent to jail. On Oct. 25, 1948, 10 individuals were subpoened at around 7 a.m. Eight of the 10 were called to testify before the grand jury at 10 a.m. that day. The 10 refused to answer any questions, citing their privilege against self-incrimination. Later that evening, a judge found the 10 people in contempt and ordered them imprisoned. The 10 were released after more than a week in jail, but were ordered to answer another round of questions. Another 11 people were called before the grand jury and subjected to the same treatment. The Civil Rights Congress and other defenders of civil liberties organized numerous protests to denounce legal proceedings against the "Los Angeles 21."

Local identification number: scl-m0335

Local identification number: scl-mss064-0335~1; scl-mss064-0335~2

Types:Photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Shore, Anne | Communist Party of Los Angeles | Anti-communist movements--United States | Los Angeles 21 | Civil Rights Congress (U.S.) | United States, California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, 34.0522342, -118.2436849
Collection:Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection
Institution:University of Southern California Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern California. Library | Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Original Material:

scl-m0000

Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, 1880-1986

University of Southern California. Libraries

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