|Publication Date: 05/2006|
|Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4|
|Format|| ||Price|| ||ISBN-13|
|Hardcover|| ||$49.95|| ||978-0-275-98506-6|
The Endangered Legacy of the ACLU
Roger Nash Baldwin, the founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (1920-1950), could have been writing today when he wrote any of these carefully selected essays. Each is accompanied by a commentary from a leading politician or journalist. Together, these essays get to the heart of what it means to be an American, in times of war and in times of peace.
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 Baldwin's vast writings those essays that are most pertinent to the civil liberties debate today. In each chapter these writings focus on a particular theme, such as national security or invasion of privacy. Each is followed by commentary from some of America's most prominent politicians and journalists, including Nat Hentoff, Victor Navasky, and Senators Robert C. Byrd, Russell D. Feingold, Christopher J. Dodd, and Edward M. Kennedy.
The stellar contributors include :
• Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), who has repeatedly spoken out in Congress against the war in Iraq and the U.S.A. Patriot Act
• Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI), who cast the Senate's lone vote against the U.S.A. Patriot Act
• Ira Glasser, former Executive Director of the ACLU
• Nat Henthoff, a nationally known award-winning journalist and columnist for the Village Voice
• Anthony Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times
• Victor Navasky, editor and publisher of the Nation
• Aryeh Neier, head of the Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundations network since 1993.
• Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Days, about the administration of John F. Kennedy
• William Sloane Coffin Jr., clergyman and longtime peace activist
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