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Apr 19, 2016

In 1954, 32-year-old Al MArder was arrested in New Haven along with several others under the Smith Act for allegedly working to overthrow the US government. After a lengthy trial, during which he was defended by the celebrated civil rights lawyer Catherine Roraback, he was acquitted. Hear Al tell in his own words what he was fighting for and what it feels like when the full power of the state, federal, and local government is aimed at you. This is the full length interview, recorded at the New Haven Museum on April 14, 2016. 


Steve Thornton
over a year ago

Congratulations to Connecticut Explored for recording and publishing Al Marder's story. You don't have to be a communist to appreciate his incredible social justice career. It should be taught in every school.