Books on Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland

Books on Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland

Richmond, Ind. – Between the two major red scares of the twentieth century, a police raid on a Communist Party Bookstore in Oklahoma City marked an important lesson in the history of American freedom. Shirley A. Wiegand and Wayne A. Wiegand share the compelling story of this important case for the first time. They reveal how state power – with support from local media and businesses – was used to trample individuals’ civil rights during an era in which citizens were gripped by fear of foreign subversion.

Richly detailed and colorfully told, Books on Trial is a sobering story of innocent people swept up in the hysteria of their times. It marks a fascinating and unnerving chapter in the history of Oklahoma and of the First Amendment.

Professor Emerita Shirley A. Wiegand, Marquette University Law School, will share this compelling story on Monday, October 8, at 7 p.m. in Vivian Auditorium on the IU East campus. The event is being sponsored by the IU East Campus Library, Earlham College, and Morrisson-Reeves Public Library, The event is free and open to the public.

Local contact person is Emily Winburn, (765) 973-8434 or

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