The debate in California comes only a few weeks after a Federal judge in Mississippi ordered the State Department of Archives and History to unseal the records of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, which from 1956 to 1977 operated a campaign of intimidation against civil rights workers and engaged in such actions as jury tampering and false imprisonment.
State harassment and political spying — whether by special commissions, legislative committees, or police — often paled in comparison to Federal activities.
Fast authored more than 86 books including such classics as ??Freedom Road, ??The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti and ??Spartacus, which was made into a famous film with Kirk Douglas.
- Howard Fast–activist, acclaimed novelist and author.