Un-American Activities: The Trials of William Remington by Gary May

By Gary May

In 1948, William W. Remington was once one of many vibrant younger males within the Truman management. He used to be tall and good-looking, a fabricated from Dartmouth and Columbia. From 1940 on, he had risen via govt ranks, serving on wartime forums, the President's Council of financial Advisors, and finally as a huge respectable within the division of trade, with a promising destiny forward. via 1954, besides the fact that, Remington was once dead--assassinated in his phone via a staff of inmates in a high-security Federal prison.
In Un-American Activities, historian Gary could tells the attention-grabbing tale of William Remington--a tale of intrigue, injustice, executive corruption, and anti-Communist hysteria. may well worked for 8 years in reconstructing Remington's case, looking through FBI documents, govt files, and waging an epic conflict opposed to then-U.S. legal professional Rudy Guiliani to develop into the 1st historian to acquire entry to grand jury documents. the result's a super account of 1 man's tragic odyssey and a central authority run amok. Remington's destiny collapsed in 1948, whilst he used to be charged with being a Communist and a Soviet secret agent. The accuser was once Elizabeth Bentley, an admitted ex-Communist herself and a former courier for Soviet spymasters. Remington's existence fell right into a whirlpool, as he fought govt improprieties, illegalities, and the idea he was once accountable. Cleared via govt loyalty forums, he was once indicted via a grand jury--whose foreman was once secretly supporting Elizabeth Bentley organize her memoirs. Remington suffered via trials for perjury, and the manager witness opposed to him used to be his personal embittered ex-wife. He used to be convicted and sentenced to the federal reformatory at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the place his acceptance as a Communist preceded him. yet May's account additionally bargains interesting perception into the intensity of Soviet penetration into wartime the USA: As he follows Remington's existence, from the novel circles at Dartmouth and the Tennessee Valley Authority within the Nineteen Thirties via his Washington profession, he unearths that Remington could were responsible of the costs opposed to him.
Gary may well is among the major historians writing approximately postwar the USA. His first publication, China Scapegoat, gained the Allan Nevins Prize and was once hailed as "as good as a singular, as strong as an outstanding movie" by way of the The la Times. the following he brings his analytical and narrative abilities to endure on one of many forgotten tales of the McCarthy period, uncovering a gripping story of espionage, corruption, and private tragedy.

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Stearns Morse, a member of the English Department known to be politically sympathetic, and political scientist Hugh Elsbree sponsored a Marxist study group in 1935. Morse later remembered Dero Saunders's brilliant analysis of Das Kapital, but Elsbree thought "the whole thing was a lot of horsefeathers" and quit; the group dissolved after just a few meetings. Remington later admitted attending meetings of a second Marxist study group in 1935, established by Barney Davis, a chemistry instructor. Approximately twenty students gathered in Davis's room on Sunday mornings to discuss current events.

She had no shoes, coats, or warm clothes for her children and nothing to eat but potatoes, cabbage, milk, and sauerkraut, she testified. Six times she had asked Dwyer for help, and each time he had refused. Dwyer's attorney, who was also counsel to the Vermont Marble Company, rejected the union's charges, but after an hour and twenty minutes, the jury found Dwyer guilty. "The quarry workers are fine," Remington wrote his family following the trial. "Cold, hungry and a little miserable. " Dwyer's conviction meant that "now the towns are having to support the strikers' families according to the state and federal laws.

Bill and Maggie gathered leaflets and waited to greet those first out of the gate. It was not long before the whistle blew, and a few women approached Remington and Randolph, who offered them handbills and explained why they were there. Suddenly a group of men rushed toward Remington, tore the leaflets from his hand, and began hitting and kicking him. When Todd tried to help, they turned on him, cursing and throwing rocks. He managed to escape and ran with Maggie to a nearby flour mill. Inside, they found a phone and called the sheriff, who sent a squad of deputies to disperse the crowd.

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