Liberties Lost: The Endangered Legacy of the ACLU

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 286 pages
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"No fight for civil liberties ever stays won," wrote Roger Baldwin (1884-1981) in 1971. He was in a position to know. After working hard to preserve the right of Americans to free expression during World War I, he founded the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920. The ACLU quickly became, and remains to this day, the staunchest defender of American civil liberties. Woody Klein has selected from the vast writings of Baldwin those essays that are most pertinent to the civil liberties debate today. Each chapter offers writings that focus on a particular theme, such as national security or the invasion of privacy. Each is followed by commentary, commissioned specifically for this book, from some of America's most prominent politicians and journalists. The stellar contributors include : BLArthur M. Schlesinger Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Days, about the administration of John F. Kennedy; BLSenator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), who has repeatedly spoken out in Congress against the war in Iraq and the U.S.A. Patriot Act; BLAnthony Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times; BLSenator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI), who cast the Senate's lone vote against the U.S.A. Patriot Act; BLNat Henthoff, a nationally known award-winning journalist and columnist for the Village Voice BLWilliam Sloane Coffin Jr., clergyman and longtime peace activist; BLVictor Navasky, editor and publisher of the Nation; BLIra Glasser, former Executive Director of the ACLU; and BLAryeh Neier, head of the Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundations network since 1993.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 1
1
The Making of a Reformer The Roger Baldwin Story A Prejudiced Account by Himself
5
Commentary
14
Commentary
21
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 2
25
ACLU WATCHDOG FOR THE UNDERDOG
27
Commentary
38
Commentary
52
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 7
155
Education Key To Protecting
159
Commentary
165
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 8
169
Chapter 8 Liberalism and Political Change
173
Commentary
178
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 9
181
Liberty and the Media
185

INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 3
57
Civil Liberties in Wartime
67
Commentary
81
Commentary
84
Commentary
86
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 4
89
The Courts and Equal Justice
91
Commentary
116
Commentary
118
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 5
121
The Government and Civil Liberties
125
Commentary
136
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 6
141
Chapter 6 Labor and Civil Liberties
145
Commentary
151
Commentary
197
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER
201
Separation of Church and State
209
Commentary
216
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 11
219
A World United by the Rule of Law
221
Commentary
233
Family Reflection About Roger Baldwin
241
Roger Baldwin A Patrician Heretic
245
Amendments to the US Constitution
255
Selected Bibliography
267
About the Author and Contributors
273
Index
277
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Woody Klein is a veteran journalist, historian, and an award-winning author who has been writing about social justice and civil liberties for decades. Among his more recent books are Toward Humanity and Justice: The Writings of Dr. Kenneth B. Clark, Scholar of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education, Decision (Praeger, 2004), and Westport, Connecticut: The Story of a New England Town's Rise to Prominence (Greenwood Press, 2000).

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