Defense Exhibit books – The Bradens’ defense team responded by citing other books in the collection that reflected their diverse taste in reading matter. This section of the collection includes books by Einstein and Plato.
It’s You They’re After and Stop SA Crimes – These books became the basis of the Bradens’ being charged with sedition, a never-before-used law that had been passed during an earlier red scare after WWI. Reporters covering the case had to turn to the dictionary to understand “sedition” because so few knew what it was.
Racial epithet letter – The Bradens received this racially derogatory letter in response to the purchase. As the label suggests, it was entered as evidence for the prosecution in Carl’s trial in late 1954. The letter comes from the Carl and Anne Braden Papers at Wisconsin Historical Society in a folder labeled “Hate and Nut Mail.”
Andrew Wade testimony – This excerpt from Carl Braden’s 1955 appeal brief recounts Andrew Wade’s testimony from the 1954 grand jury investigation explaining his search for a house to buy.
Wall Between – In 1958, Anne Braden wrote a memoir of the events surrounding the Wade purchase and the events it triggered. One of the few books of its time to unpack the psychology of white southern racism, the book was praised by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as “one of the most moving documents that I have ever read.”
Appeal – This is the appeals brief from Carl Braden’s sedition case. It was reprinted and circulated widely in the months between his conviction and the 1956 Nelson ruling by the US Supreme Court invalidating the use of state sedition laws and nullifying his 1954 conviction.