In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU

In Defense of American Liberties A History of the ACLU This updated comprehensive history of the American Civil Liberties Union recounts the ACLU s stormy history since its founding in to fight for free speech and explores its involvement in some of

  • Title: In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU
  • Author: Samuel E. Walker
  • ISBN: 9780809322701
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • This updated comprehensive history of the American Civil Liberties Union recounts the ACLU s stormy history since its founding in 1920 to fight for free speech and explores its involvement in some of the most famous causes in American history, including the Scopes monkey trial, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Cold War anti Communist witch huThis updated comprehensive history of the American Civil Liberties Union recounts the ACLU s stormy history since its founding in 1920 to fight for free speech and explores its involvement in some of the most famous causes in American history, including the Scopes monkey trial, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Cold War anti Communist witch hunts, and the civil rights movement The new introduction covers the history of the organization and developments in civil liberties in the 1990s, including the U.S Supreme Court s declaration of the Communications Decency Act as unconstitutional in ACLU v Reno.

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    1. At the mention of certain people or organizations certain preconceptions immediately spring to mind. With the ACLU, 'founded by a Communist' and 'Nazis march Skokie' are two that immediately spring to mind. In fact ACLU founder Roger Baldwin was not a Communist, assisted in purging the ACLU of that group and the Nazis never actually marched in Skokie (and never really wanted to). Samuel Walkers book fleshes out the gray in those black and white statements. 'In Defense of American Liberties is as [...]

    2. It's probably best to see this as a reference book. You can extract some great background information about the ACLU and the history of American politics from it, but it's not going to make it easy or interesting to do so. It's broken into many small, self-contained sections, so it's easy to treat it this way.

    3. Samuel Walker does an excellent job of explaining the role the ACLU has played in the course of American history during the 20th century. Whether you like or dislike the organization generally depends on what's being debated in the news and whose side you're on. Walker doesn't gloss over some of the more unpleasant stories from inside the organization, either. I found it very helpful in doing research for an English composition class, in which I had to write an essay outlining an argument I was [...]

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