J. Louis Engdahl Papers (1885-1981, bulk 1912-1932)
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Chicago Socialist Trial [series]:

The Chicago Socialist Trial series (1.5 linear feet) documents the trial (and related appeals) brought by the government against Victor L. Berger, J. Louis Engdahl, Adolph Germer, William F. Kruse, and Irwin St. John Tucker. The five men, all active members of the Socialist Party, were strongly and vociferously opposed to World War I. Beginning in 1918, these protests led to prosecution and conviction for sedition under the Espionage Act of 1917. The men appealed, on the grounds that they had received an unfair trial. (It was an open secret at the time that the defendants were on trial chiefly for their political orientation and their ethnicity--some of the defendants being of Germanic origin or descent. During the trial, the judge made clear his hostility towards German-Americans.) Their convictions were eventually overturned by the Supreme Court in 1921. Included are five volumes of typed transcripts of the original trial, a bound version of the brief for an appeal, and photocopies of subsequent accounts of the case.

 
United States vs. Berger et al.: typed transcripts,  1918 (5 volumes)
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Volumes I- IV
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Volume V
 
Berger et al. vs. U.S., [ca. 1918-1921]
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The Case of the Chicago Socialists : Brief for Plaintiffs in Error: printed and bound brief. [Chicago: Hawkins & Loomis Co., law printers, 1919.] United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, October Term, A.D. 1918.
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"Photocopies from Federal Reporter Supreme Court Record," Circuit Court of Appeals, [No. 460, Argued December 9, 1920. Decided January 31, 1921] and No.  2710 April 26, 1921.