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Book Store Owners Arrested for Selling Radical Literature

December 13, 2009 |  4:00 am

Dec. 13, 1919, Clare Briggs

“Oh, Man!” by Clare Briggs.

Dec. 13, 1919, Reds 

Unfortunately, Google maps street view is a little broken at the moment.
The area of the Red International Book Shop, 508 S. Maple, is here.

Dec. 13, 1919: The Times publishes three stories about arrests involving subversive literature. I’m particularly intrigued by the references to American Legion operatives.  Presumably this is related to the fatal shootings at an Armistice Day parade in Centralia, Wash.

The Times also says authorities averted a plot by the International Workers of the World to persuade African American agricultural workers to destroy fruit-packing houses near Pomona and Monrovia.  “An important factor, also, was the patriotism of the Negroes themselves, who refused to join the IWW conspiracy," The Times says.