Taking an Unpopular Stand

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These petitioners are requesting that the candidates for the Communist Party be placed on the election ballot in 1936.

Taking an Unpopular Stand


In 1932, the Communist Party of Delaware held a convention in Wilmington to decide on candidates to run for Delaware offices. Nine candidates were chosen to run from the Governor to the auditor of accounts. They sent a petition to the Clerk of the Peace in Kent County stating that five hundred people were in favor of having the communist party on the ballot.

This document is part of the Kent County Clerk of the Peace collection. The Cleak of the Peace was an important office in county government since he served as clerk to the Levy Court, Court of General Sessions, Court of Oyer and Terminer and Juvenile Court. Many state and all county licenses were issued from this office. Documents related to those courts can be found in this collection.