William Lorenzo Patterson papers, 1919-1979 (bulk, mid-1950s-1979).


William Lorenzo Patterson papers, 1919-1979 (bulk, mid-1950s-1979).

Contains correspondence, printed materials, writings and clippings, law cases he worked on through the Communist Party U.S.A. and the International Labor Defense; diaries of travels to Eastern Europe, China, Cuba, and the Soviet Union; birthday tributes; drafts and galleys of his autobiography, "The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography." Also contains correspondence with his third wife, Louise Thompson Patterson, their daughter, Mary Lou, and fellow activist leaders; writings on race relations, social injustices, and political activism of various individuals and organizations, including his own activism. Drafts of articles, publications, and the original petition (1951) presented to the United Nations by Paul Robeson and Patterson ("We Charge Genocide: The Crime of the Government"); substantial amount of correpsondence documenting Patterson's imprisonment in New York and Connecticut when he was charged with contempt of Congress in 1954. Organizations and topics represented include: the National Negro Congress, the Wilmington Ten Case, and civil liberties. Persons represented include: Angela Davis, Claude M. Lightfoot, the Martinsville Seven (and the three cases of Davis, Lightfoot and the Martinsville Seven), W.E.B. DuBois, and Benjamin J. Davis. Correspondents include: Herbert Aptheker, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Dr. Carlton Goodlett, Hosea Hudson, Genna Rae McNeil, Toni Morrison, P.L. Prattis, J.A. Rogers, Charles Wright, and the Patterson Defense Committee.

15.5 linear ft. (32 boxes)

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