1st Edition

The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union

By William A. Donohue Copyright 1985
    390 Pages
    by Routledge

    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    This is a critical analysis of the history of the American Civil Liberties Union and at the same time the history of American liberalism in the twentieth century. It represents the first published account of the ACLU's record. Other works on the organization either dealt only with specific issues or have been simply journalistic accounts. Donohue provides the first systematic analysis by a social scientist.

    This book is directed at those interested in the history of American liberalism and, no less, the history of American conservatism, for ideological struggle within the United States touches directly on civil libertarian concerns. The work is especially significant for American constitutional lawyers, political scientists, and for those concerned with serious ideas in American life. Supporters as well as critics of the ACLU will be attracted to this work for different reasons. It is unquestionably the most serious work now available and is likely to remain the touchstone for any such work for many years to come.

    Foreword: The Reverse Sequence in Civil Liberties, Abbreviations, Acknowledgments, 1. Introduction: Liberalism and the ACLU, 2. Civil Liberties, Equality, and Social Justice, 3. Civil Liberties, Communism, and the State, 4. Civil Liberties, Civility, and the Social Order, 5. Conclusion: The ACLU's Contribution to Freedom in the United States, Name Index, Subject Index


    William A. Donohue