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We Charge Genocide: The Historic Petition to the United Nations for Relief from a Crime of the United States Government Against the Negro People

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Published by:
Civil Rights Congress, founded 1946  Search this
Edited by:
William L. Patterson, American, 1891 - 1980  Search this
Subject of:
Bert Moore, American, died 1935  Search this
Created by:
Dooley Morton, American, died 1935  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
9 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 3/4 in. (23.5 x 15.6 x 1.9 cm)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
United States, North and Central America
Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
A paperback publication by the Civil Rights Congress. The cover is off-white with a black-and-white image of a hand pointing down on the cover. The title is across the front in red and black text: [WE CHARGE / GENOCIDE / THE CRIME OF GOVERNMENT / AGAINST THE NEGRO PEOPLE] and [A PETITION TO THE UNITED NATIONS] at the bottom left corner. The inside cover has a handwritten inscription and signature of the editor: [Greetings / Use this weapon well it is sharp / W.L. Patterson] along with a book plate sticker with a graphic of a pink oil lamp with a white star and text reading [EX LIBRIS / Vivian and John Hewitt]. The next page has a graphic photograph of the bodies of lynching victims Dooley Morton and Bert Moore. This is followed by the title page, the copyright page, a printing of [ARTICLE II, CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE / Adopted December 9, 1948], a list of the petitioners, the table of contents, and the introduction. The interior pages are broken into five parts: Part I: The Opening Statement, Part II: The Law and the Indictment, Part III: The Evidence. Part IV: Summary and Prayer, Part V: Appendix. The volume concludes with a Bibliography. The back cover has four paragraphs of text from the "Opening Address for the United States by Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg Trial of the Nazi War Criminals Accused of Genocide, November 21, 1945."
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Literature  Search this
Lynching  Search this
Prayer  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
U.S. History, 1953-1961  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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© International Publishers 1951
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