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Abstract A founding member of the Detroit Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Ernest Goodman served as NLG President, and formed the nation’s first (known) interracial law firm: Goodman, Crockett, Eden and Rob. He was deeply involved with the labor movement and some of its most bitter union organizing struggles and remained committed throughout his career to serving the common man, with clients ranging from Communists, Black Panthers, prison inmates, and African-Americans during the civil rights...
Abstract Nat Ganley and Saul Wellman were both active in the Communist Party, particularly in Michigan, and were both tried under the Smith Act. Their papers, consist of clippings, reports, speeches, lecture notes, and election materials, relating primarily to Communist Party conventions, committee meetings, anti-left legislation, the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Taft-Hartley Act, and the relationships between African Americans and labor and communism and labor.
Abstract Ronald Aronson, a Detroit native, was educated at Wayne State University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, and Brandies University, where he earned his PhD in the History of Ideas. A renowned expert on the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Aronson’s has actively worked to study the New Left and the nature of hope and its relation to political commitment. Aronson taught at Wayne State University from 1968 to 2013 in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies,...