Civil Liberties and Nazis: The Skokie Free-Speech Controversy
This study of civil liberties focuses on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the dispute in Skokie, Illinois over the rights of members of the Nazi party to hold public demonstrations. Because this issue promoted at least one-fourth of the membership of the ACLU to take some form of action, ranging from objecting and reducing financial contributions to resigning, this conflict presents the opportunity for a case study of the conditions under which attitudes toward civil liberties are mobilized into behavior.
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1 Political Tolerance of the American Public
The Context of the SkokieNazi Dispute
The Nature of the Samples
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abstract ACLU and Common ACLU leaders ACLU members ACLU's action affiliation allowed Amendment American Political analysis attitude-behavior relationship belief systems Cause only members CC members CC Chaplinsky citizens civil liberties attitudes Common Cause members communists Conceptualization conflict consensus constraint context Court defectors defend democratic elitist theory factors favor Frank Collin free speech freedom of assembly freedom of speech George Lincoln Rockwell Gibson and Richard incite instance intolerant behavior involvement Jewish Jewish Defense League Jews John Birch Society libertarian majority mass public members Common Cause members of ACLU membership Nazi demonstration non-Jews oppose organization percent permit person Piereson political minorities political tolerance position predicted prohibit public assembly public officials questionnaire religious represent rights of political sample Skokie ordinances Skokie-Nazi specific opinions strongly subjects substantial Sullivan support for freedom survey swastika Table theory of democracy tolerance attitudes types of speech variables Village Manager Village of Skokie violence