John W. Jackson Papers

Collection Summary

Title: John W. Jackson Papers
Call Number: MS 95-18
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by John Jackson, 6-1-1992
Processed by: JEO, 4-10-1995; JEF, 12-18-1998
Restrictions: None
Note: Related collections: MS 87-09, Rev. Dr. Gerald B. Winrod Papers; MS 88-29, Kenneth Bradley Collection

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher, to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

This collection of John W. Jackson's papers contains copies of the government exhibits presented by the prosecution against Rev. Dr. Gerald Winrod. The materials in the collection also include Winrod's own writings, excerpts from German publications, including speeches and excerpts from Hitler's speeches, and, lastly, letters by Winrod concerning "Jewish plots."

Historical Note

Rev. Dr. Gerald Winrod of Wichita was named one of the 29 defendants by a grand jury of the United States of the District of Columbia, October 1943 term. The defendants were tried under the 1940 Alien Registration Act (Title 18 United States Code 2385), commonly known as the Smith Act. Attorney John Jackson of Wichita represented Winrod, a Wichita evangelist, author, publisher and political activist who, through his organization, Defenders of the Christian Faith, promoted his advocacy of anti-Semitism, anti-Communism, racial segregation, creationism and Prohibition.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 FF 1-11 Exhibits. This series contains articles and letters by Gerald Winrod, his supporters, and others of like mind including articles critical of supposed Jewish efforts at world domination and government infiltration, and other articles supporting fascist government.
Series 2 Box 1 FF 12-26 German Sources. This series contains articles, speeches and excerpts from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf presented by the prosecution displaying the ideals behind Nazism and Fascism in Europe.
Series 3 Box 1 FF 27-33 Letters Before and After Sedition Trial. This series contains correspondence and letters between Gerald Winrod and his supporters before, during, and after the dismissal of the charges. Included also are letters from M. L. Flowers, secretary of Defenders, Inc., to Winrod's critics and people who testified against him during the trial.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ Exhibits

Box 1 FF 1 Exhibit List, June 8, 1944 through May 31, 1944. This file contains a complete list of exhibits presented during Gerald Winrod's conspiracy trial, listing the number and content of exhibits.
Box 1 FF 2 Exhibit R1392. R2608a, R2608b. This file contains the following articles, books by Gerald Winrod or others criticizing American government or promoting Fascism; "Roosevelt's Jewish Ancestry," "Roosevelt's Red Record and its Background," "Leveling Governments and Religion." "The Protestant Papacy," and "The Seat of Power."
Box 1 FF 3 Exhibits R1413, R2606. 2025a, R2510. This file contains lists of books published by Winrod and articles either written by Winrod or published in one of his magazines affiliated with. Included articles: two books of Winrod listed, "What I Saw in Germany," an article describing Hitler's uplifting of moral standards of the nations, Defender, September 1937, "The House of Roosevelt" describing F. D. R.'s Jewish ancestry, and "War Against War-World Service." March 1, 1938 a letter to President Roosevelt blaming world's problems on "International Jewish Imperialism."
Box 1 FF 4 Exhibits R1368. 1369, 1370, 1371, 2184, 1372. Includes letters of Winrod to Edward James Smythe of "Protestant Veterans" concerning various issues including Winrod's good relations with Black people, successes of Winrod's radio and public addresses in California, letters of M. L. Flowers to Smythe.
Box 1 FF 5 Exhibits R 1373, 2743, 1695. This file includes copies of letters from Winrod to Edward James Smythe concerning "Jewish plots" to seize America, M. L. Flowers to Lois de Lafayette regarding attack on Defenders, Inc. in New York Times, and a letter from Winrod to Smythe mentioning an enclosed magazine.
Box 1 FF 6 Government Exhibits - Henry Allen R1367, R3138, 455. This file contains a list of "Government Exhibits" and the following letters to Henry Allen, a supporter of Winrod's, from Winrod: June 30, 1936 - will vote for A. Landon; June 7, 1937 - sent materials to Allen and suggested Allen contact James True; letter George E. Deatherage (President, American Nationalist Confederation) to Allen - suggested Allen become a "Leader" of ANC.
Box 1 FF 7 Government Exhibits, R3139, 1744, 1744a. This file includes letters of G. D. Deatherage to Allen, interested in "Alaska Situation" and that of Brazil, also wanted a list of silvershirt leaders in the East, News Bulletin reprint American Nationalist Confederation February 26, 1938; "Copto Eden - British Foreign Minister Resigns;" "Leon Blum stated for Ambassador to America, and other material unrelated to Blum. Also News Bulletin ANC (American Nationalist Confederation) March 12, 1938 - Nationalism the Solution, calling for a purge of elements responsible for the destruction of the American Republicans; an article on German National Socialist Party of Germany - to combat the Jewish - led New Deal in Germany listing 25 aims of German part February 24, 1920, and Patriots Should Back the Silvershirts.
Box 1 FF 9 Government Exhibits R 1744e, 1744f, 1744g, 1744h. This file includes the following; News Bulletin ANC, April 16, 1938 - "A Fascist Union for the Americans" promoting a union of North and South America with full support of ANC, News Bulletin ANC April 23, 1938; "The Meaning of the Emblem - The Swastika" and "Radical Fascism - define Fascism; News Bulletin ANC May 1938, "What Did Harry Ford Tell Roosevelt," "Nationalism Will Save America" and "Government of the Future," - concerns House Un-American Committee.
Box 1 FF 10 Government Exhibits R 1744h, 2079, 2070a. This file contains the following News Bulletin, ANC May 1938 "Nationalism Will Save America" - ANC listing as primary goal the defeat of "International Jewry" and "Government of the Future" - promoting strong government. News Bulletin ANC, July 16, 1938, News Bulletin ANC, July 23, 1938, "Winrod has them worried in Kansas" - concerns Winrod's Senate Campaign, "Red Betrayal of the Churches" - on excerpt from the Red Network Bulletin edited by Mrs. E. Drilling, and a list of three publications with News Bulletin ANC views.
Box 1 FF 11 Government Exhibits R, 2165, 1292, 1293, 1296. This file including letters: April 5, 1938 G. Deatherage to Henry Allen; November 12, 1938, plan to publish the American Noting List Program; November 12, 1937 Henry Allen to Rev. Father Transchase, Guadelupe Church in San Antonio, Texas concerning Allen to meet Transchase; February 23, 1938 James True to Henry Allen regarding "pea shooter" (firearm) purchase; February 14, 1938 Jim to Allen concerning contract between Winrod and Allen; September 30, 1938 True to Mrs. Henry Allen, concerning Henry Allen arrest.

Series 2 ‒ German Sources

Box 1 FF 12 Government Exhibits R3043, 3045. 3046. This file contains the following letters: April 7, 1938 Frank W. Clark (National Liberty Party) to Allen regarding the building of a large Aryan army; April 18, 1938 Frank W. Clark to Allen concerning proposed makeup of future army; November 28, 1938 Lois de LaFayette Washburn (National Secretary of American Gentile Protection Association) to Allen about organizing an army.
Box 1 FF 13 Government Exhibits - List German Sources. This file contains a copy of exhibit numbers for German sources and contents.
Box 1 FF 14 Government Exhibits R2131A, 2132A, 2155A. This file contains the Governor's Decree to the Reichswehr by Lt. Colonel (RTD) Van Killinger form VoleKischer Beobachter, March 13, 1930 concerning the educating of Reichswehr to Nazi beliefs; Joseph Goebbels, articles from the Times of Struggle, March 1936 - defines goals and duties of Revolutionaries; Otto Bongert, "Idea and Organization," from the National Socialist Yearbook.
Box 1 FF 15 Government Exhibits R2137A, 2138B, 2139A, 2140A. This file includes the following: Hitler's Wallen (Will) 1931, Munich; Hitler's speech, Munich November 8, 1936 concerning the "Putsch,"; excerpt from Hitler's speech, People Court, March 27, 1924 concerns proposed unification of Reichwehr and National Socialists; Hitler's speech April 12, 1922 Munich - "Democracy is Fundamentally Not German, but Something Jewish."
Box 1 FF 16 Government Exhibits R2141A, 2148A, 2142A, 3489A. This file includes the following: Hitler's speech July 28, 1923, Munich describing social struggle of the day; Hitler's speech, September 18, 1922 regarding the "Judao" state of Germany; Hitler's speech, October 25, 1922 Munich of Nazi revolution to liberate all Germans; Hitler's speech October 25, 1922 Munich concerning how a Nazi revolution would reverse the "Jewish Revolution of 1918."
Box 1 FF 17 Government Exhibits R3490, 2143A, 3995A, 3496A. This file includes the following: Hitler's speech April 2, 1922, Munich - Nazi wanted to fight against the "Jewish Democracy"; Hitler's speech September 10, 1922, Toelz, Aryans and anti-semiotic must unite against the Jewish race; Hitler's speech November 22, 1926 stressing force; Hitler's speech February 5, 1928, Kulmbach.
Box 1 FF 18 Government Exhibits R3497A, 3498A, 2144A. This file contains the following: Hitler's speech, July 18, 1930, Munich on reform; Hitler's speech, April 12, 1934, Weiar containing theme of ending democracy, pacifism, and internationalism.
Box 1 FF 19 Government Exhibits 2144A, 2145A, 2146A, 2147A. This file contains the following Mein Kampf excerpts. Page 46 advocating terror for its psychological effect. Page 84-85 stating democracy was "the forerunner of Marxism." Page 87 calling for destruction of democratic ideal of leadership. Page 89 - the exclusion of individual leadership, etc. Page 196-203 explaining purpose of propaganda.
Box 1 FF 20 Government Exhibits 2149A, 2150A, 2151A, 2152A. This file contains the following: Hitler's speech, January 27, 1932 regarding democracy; Alfred Rosenbury, Blood and Honor, 1937 Munich, advocating National Socialism; Alfred Rosenbury, Myth of the Twentieth Century, calling for removal of all Asian people, Black people, and Jewish people to Japan; and Alfred Rosenbury, Principles and Aims of the NSDAP, 1933, Munich, calling for National Socialism.
Box 1 FF 21 Government Exhibits R2153A, 2154C, 2155A, 2159A. This file contains the following: Joseph Goebbels, from Time to Struggle, 1936, Munich regarding legal immunity, and concerns with the Reichstug; Hitler's speech, April 8, 1933, regarding the principle of leadership and conception of authority; Hitler's speech of September 1, 1933 concerning the use of power; and Goebbels, Nature and Form of National Socialism, presents National Socialism.
Box 1 FF 22 Government Exhibits R 3985A, 3985B, 3492A, 3402B. This file contains the following: an announcement of Hitler's speech, March 16, 1929 (newspaper) "We are the Reichswehr"; announcement of a party book (newspaper); questions and answers for the Nazi party; announcement (newspaper), Reichswehr Special Issue; Hitler's speech March 17-18, 1929, regarding the army serving the political leadership of the people.
Box 1 FF 23 Government Exhibits 3984A, 3978A, 3980A, 3981A, 3982A, and 3983A. This file includes copies from Voelkischer Berobachter including order books for the "Reichswehr Special Issue," and announcements of the issue.
Box 1 FF 24 Government Exhibits 2129A, 2130A, 2130b, 2133A. This file contains the following: Hitler's Speech, March 15, 1929 concerning the army as a means to an end, politicians should be raised to the standard of the army, the Italian army had embraced Fascism and thereby saved the Italian nation and people and how in Germany the National Socialists win over Marxism; Hitler's pamphlets No.3 concerning "German Military Spirit" and regarding the army; Wilhelm Weiss, pamphlet No. 3 regarding Reichswehr's loyalty should be to people and the state not the parliament; Der Nazi Soli, Paul Joseph Goebbels, concerning the seizure of power by the party.
Box 1 FF 25 Government Exhibits 2134A, 2136A, 2161A, 2161B. This file contains the following: National Socialist letters, No. 23, June 1929, George Strasser insisting German policy would bring catastrophe - out of when would grow National Socialist; program of the NSDAP, Gottfried Feder; "Constitutional Law of the Grater German Reich" by Ernest Rudolf Huber; and "The Unity of Party ad State" July 14, 1933 regarding takeover of all German posts of leadership of National Socialists.
Box 1 FF 26 Government Exhibits 2161C, 2162B, 2164A. This file contains the following: Constitutional Law of the Greater German Reich, Ernest Rudolf Huber regarding the Nazi revolution overcoming Corporate Plurism; May 24, 1934, "National Socialism Is A Philosophy," "Foreign Organization of the NSDAP"; Our America by Colin Ross, calling for Germans in America to arise and lead in the revolution.

Series 3 ‒ Letters Before and After Sedition Trial

Box 1 FF 27 Court Documents - Winrod. This file contains the complaint for libel of Gerald Winrod vs. Time, Inc. for $250,000 compensatory and $250,000 punitive damages. Also included is a case sheet of United States of America vs. Joseph E. McWilliams, et al; United States of America vs. Gerald B. Winrod, et al. and the Brief for appellee Gerald B. Winrod in the United States Court of Appeals, April 19, 1947.
Box 1 FF 28 Letters, Winrod and Defenders, Inc. This file includes the following letters and correspondence regarding the activities of Winrod and Defenders Inc. and the sedition trials: March 26, 1958, M. L. Flowers to John W. Jackson concerning Winrod's death and mention of trials with attached letter by Dan Gilbert; April 8, 1946, unsigned letter to Gerald Winrod concerning a letter from Congressman E. E. Cox; December 1, 1945, telegram from Mrs. Myrtle Flowers to L. P. Buroker regarding "False Charges"; November 30, 1945, telegram from Flowers to N. J. Roccaforte regarding "False Statements" mode before court.
Box 1 FF 29 Letters, Winrod and Defenders, Inc. This file contains the following letters and correspondence: May 25, 1945 unsigned letter to Col. E. N. Sanctuary regarding Mr. Gilbert's potential worth as a witness of prosecution against Winrod; January 29 letter from Gerald Winrod to John Rodriguez-Rivera concerning recent developments; January 8, 1945, letter to Mr. Lawrence Dennis regarding sedition case; and August 4, 1947 Hilton Jackson to Gerald Winrod concerning the dismissal of the sedition case.
Box 1 FF 30 Letters, Winrod and Defenders, Inc. This file includes the following letters and correspondence: April 5, 1947 letter from Winrod to John Jackson regarding "reasons" behind the sedition trials placing blame on behind the scenes working of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League; April 1, 1946, E. E. Cox to Gerald Winrod regarding the "Unjustness" of the sedition trials; a advertisement of "Winrod Lectures" March 11-18, 1945.
Box 1 FF 31 Letters and Correspondence, Winrod and Defenders, Inc. This file contains the following letters and correspondence regarding Winrod or the sedition trial: letter from American Equity Association regarding abandonment of the case; letter to Tom Clark, Attorney General of the United States from Prescott Dennett regarding abandonment of case; July 8, 1947 George Sylvester Viereck from John W. Jackson concerning a certiorari to the Supreme Court; June 12, 1945 John Jackson from Lawrence Davis regarding work on a book on the trial; June 27, 1945 Jackson to Dennis regarding the report on "Keegon Case"; July 13, 1945 Flowers to Rev. Henry Grube regarding sedition case.
Box 1 FF 32 Letters and Correspondence - Sedition Trial. This file contains the following letters and correspondence regarding Winrod and the sedition trial: December 24, 1944 unsigned letter to "Max" regarding upcoming trial and legalities; September 3, 1947 Viereck to Jackson concerning closure of sedition trial; June 30, 1947 E. Hilton Jackson to G. Winrod congratulating on dismissal of the sedition case; and June 30, 1947 telegram of the same.
Box 1 FF 33 Complete text of Dr. Winrod's answer of March 19th, through Denver Radio Station KMYR, to an earlier attack made by the Communist Party of Colorado. This file includes the radio transcripts of Dr. Winrod's broadcast.