Sydney Strong letter to U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer in defense of his daughter, Anna Louise Strong, and three others accused of sedition, December 22, 1919
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In this letter from the Reverend Sydney Strong to U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, written on December 22, 1919, Strong requests Palmer's direct assistance in halting the prosecution of his daughter, Anna Louise Strong, and three of her associates for alleged violations of the Espionage Act. Strong lists the names of the accused -- in addition to his daughter, the indicted are Harry Ault, Frank Rust, and George Listman -- who have been brought up on charges in connection with their work for the Seattle Union Record. Strong expresses his "profound belief that they are guiltless" and sets about defending "the character of those indicted".Strong begins with his daughter, tracing her ancestry back to New England colonial roots on both sides, describing her educational achievements from Oak Park High School through Oberlin College and the University of Chicago, listing her extensive publication credits, and reciting her diverse contributions to the social welfare of many...
|Strong, Sydney, 1860-1938|