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James T. Farrell Resigns
as Chairman of Civil Rights Body

(12 October 1945)

From Labor Action, Vol. IX No. 45, 5 November 1945, p. 2
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.

(Labor Action received the following letter from James T. Farrell, noted American novelist and literary critic, announcing his resignation as chairman of the Civil Rights Defense Committee which handled the celebrated “Minneapolis Case.” – Ed.)


Oct. 12, 1945
New York City

George Novack
Secretary Civil Rights Defense Committee,
160 Fifth Ave,
New York City

Dear George:

With this letter, I am tendering my immediate resignation as chairman of The Civil Rights Defense Committee; however, I am not resigning from the. Committee proper.

I have received no communications from the CRDC office since last January. To my knowledge, the Committee has been inactive since early in the winter of 1945, when the last, of the Minneapolis defendants returned from prison. Thus, it seems to me that the CRDC has now become merely a paper organization, and that my sole remaining role as its Chairman is that of having my name on its stationery.

I assume that I have performed my function as Chairman, and; that there is no further work for me to do, I am, therefore, resigning.

Needless to say, I stand ready to offer any effective collaboration, that I can in the event of future defense cases,


Sincerely yours,
(Signed:) James T. Farrell

P.S. – I take it that copies of this letter will be sent to all members of the Committee so, that they may be informed of this fact.

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